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o·dor

(ō'dŏr),
Volatile emanation from any substance that stimulates the olfactory receptor cells.
Synonym(s): scent
[L.]

odor

Numerous, relatively uncommon conditions may be associated with typical odors of the urine and/or breath, often in Pts with inborn errors of metabolism
Odors of Biomedical interest
Acetone–Russet apples Chloroform, ethanol, isopropanol, ketoacidosis, lacquer
Acrid–pear-like  Chloraldehyde, paraldehyde; Bacteroides melaninogenicus, Prevotella melaninogenica
Ammonia  Renal failure, uremia, N-ethyl morpholine
Bitter almonds  Cyanide
Burned chocolate  Proteus spp
Cabbage  Methionine (see also Hops. ).
Camphorous  1,8-cineole
Carrots  Circutoxin
Coal gas  Carbon monoxide
Disinfectants  Phenol, creosote
Eggs, rotten  H2S, mercaptans, disulfuram (Antabuse®)
Ether-like  Ethylene chloride
Fecaloid, putrid  Clostridium spp
Fishy  Vaginal infection by Gardnerella vaginalis, 'rice-water' choleric stools;
  di-N-butylamine, diethylamine, hepatic failure
Floral (sweet, fruity) DM, acetone, ethyl- and isobutyl- acetate, phenyl methylethyl carbinol
Fruity/alcohol  Amyl nitrate, ethanol, isopropanol
Garlic  Arsenic, phosphorous, selenium, tellurium, thallium, malathion, parathion, DMSO
Grape juice  Pseudomonas spp
Halitosis  Oral infections
Hop-like  Oasthouse disease, α-hydroxybutyric acid
Maple syrup  Maple syrup urine disease
Mint  Menthone
Mothballs  Camphor-products
Mousy/musty  Phenylketonuria
Musty basement  Streptomyces spp, Nocardia spp
Musty (fish, raw liver)  Hepatic failure, zinc phosphide, pentadecanolacetone
Odorless urine Acute tubular necrosis
Peanuts  RH-787 (Vacor, see Vacor diabetes. ).
Pungent  Ethylchlorvynol; formic acid
Putrid  Dimethyldisulfide
Rancid fish Tyrosinemia
Rotting fish  Trimethylaminuria
Shoe polish  Nitrobenzene
Sour and pungent Ethyl acrylate, 2-methyl-5-ethyl pyridine, propionic acid, 2,4-pentanedione
Sweaty feet  Glutaric acidemia, type II, isovaleric acidemia
Sweet and musty Isobutylacrylate
 and rancid  2,6 butanol
 and sharp  Methylethylketone
Swimming pool  Hawkinsinuria
Tomcat urine  β-Methylcrotonylglycinuria
Violets Turpentine
Wintergreen  Methylsalicylate 

o·dor

(ō'dŏr)
Emanation from any substance that stimulates the olfactory cells in the organ of smell.
Synonym(s): smell (3) .
[L.]

o·dor

(ō'dŏr)
Emanation from any substance that stimulates the olfactory cells in the organ of smell.
Synonym(s): smell.
[L.]

Patient discussion about odor

Q. Is there anyone here who has any information about how to treat chronic body odor? I have had this chronic body odor for over 25 years now in the groin area. I am at the end of my rope. I've seen numerous doctors who do not know very much about this condition. I would appreciate any help anybody can give me!

A. Some people have mal odor because they perspire more, either because of stress, physical activity or because of a condition known as Hyperhidrosis, which causes excessive sweating.Stress is more prevalent today. Eating certain foods can also affect how you smell. If a food is poignant enough, its smell can make it all the way through your body and come out from your pores. Garlic, cumin and curry are believed to have such properties. One of the reasons some men smell more might be because they have higher testosterone levels- testosterone influences apocrine sweat production. Then again, some guys smell badly simply because of poor hygiene. You should try avoiding different foods such as offee, cola, chocolate, and other caffeine aliments contribute to odor because they stimulate apocrine sweat glands. Drinking plenty of fluids keeps eccrine sweat glands active. This dilutes apocrine perspiration, which reduces body odor.

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