Woman smells a rose flower

Woman smells a rose flower

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Caption: Sense of smell. Close-up of a woman smelling a rose flower. Smell receptors lie in a small patch of mucous membrane in the lining of the roof of the nose. These are linked to the brain through the olfactory nerve. The mechanism of smell is thought to rely mostly on the vibration of the scent molecule as it strikes a smell receptor after dissolving in the mucus. This means that scent molecules with similar shapes may smell very different. The system is highly sensitive, with as few as four molecules needed to produce a recognisable smell.

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Keywords: anatomy, flower, flowers, human body, nose, odour, olfaction, olfactory, rose, sense, smell, woman, woman smelling

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