Last modified at 2/2/2021 2:44 PM by Maren Johnson

What is “chemesthesis”?

Chemesthesis refers to the sensations that arise when chemical compounds activate receptor mechanisms for other senses, usually those involved in pain, touch, and thermal perception in the eye, nose, mouth and throat. The burn from chili pepper, the cooling from the menthol in mouthwash, and the stinging of carbonation in the nose are all examples of chemesthesis.
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