a lessening in sensitivity to an odor subsequent to acclimation to a different odor. Unlike as other senses, there are generally no alterations in the comprehended quality of sole odorants subsequent to acclimation to other sole odorants. Cross-acclimation is seen, but in an odorant compound which consists of the sole odorant acclimating stimulant.

OLFACTORY CROSS-ADAPTATION: "Olfactory cross-adaptation often occurs in the perfume section of department stores."
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