sniff test

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

sniff test (plural sniff tests)

  1. Diaphragm fluoroscopy.

Etymology 2[edit]

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

Noun[edit]

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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