Taste and Smell

Andrew I. Spielman, Fritz W. Lischka

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    Chemosensory systems, of which taste and smell are specialized forms, detect both soluble and volatile chemicals. The senses of taste and olfaction can affect social behaviors, including feeding, territoriality, and mating. Taste and smell are also used in selection and evaluation of flavor and in avoidance of potentially harmful compounds. Through the cephalic phase of digestion, taste also affects certain exocrine and endocrine secretions, thus affecting nutrition and metabolism and the overall quality of life.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Gastroenterology, Second Edition
    Number of pages8
    ISBN (Electronic)9780128124604
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2019


    • Chemosensory
    • Gustatory
    • Olfactory
    • Pheromone
    • Smell
    • Taste
    • Taste bud
    • VNO
    • Vomeronasal

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Medicine


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