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sniff test

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Etymology 1Edit

A fluoroscopic medical test during which the examinee is asked to "sniff" (quickly breathe in through the nose)

NounEdit

sniff test (plural sniff tests)

  1. Diaphragm fluoroscopy.

Etymology 2Edit

By metaphorical extension from an actual test one might perform with one's sense of smell, as for freshness of food.

NounEdit

sniff test (plural sniff tests)

  1. (idiomatic) An informal reality check of an idea or proposal, using one's common sense or sense of propriety.
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