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The Vertebrate Trait Ontology (VT) is being developed as a collaborative effort between the Rat Genome Database at the Medical College of Wisconsin (RGD,, Mouse Genome Informatics at the Jackson Laboratory ( and the Animal QTL database at Iowa State University ( For more information about this vocabulary, or to request additions or changes, please contact us (

Term:olfactory system trait
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Accession:VT:0005394 term browser browse the term
Definition:Any measurable or observable characteristic related to the series of events required for an organism to receive an olfactory stimulus, convert it to a molecular signal, and recognize and characterize the signal, or to the morphology of the structures involved in any of these events.
Comment:Olfaction involves the detection of chemical composition of an organism's ambient medium by chemoreceptors.

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  vertebrate trait 2888
    organ system trait 1978
      nervous/sensory system trait 172
        sensory trait 8
          olfactory system trait 0
            olfactory system morphology trait + 0
            olfactory system physiology trait + 0
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