- 1. The quality (influenced by odor) affecting the taste of any substance. 2. A therapeutically inert substance added to a prescription to give an agreeable taste to the mixture. [M.E., fr. O. Fr., fr. L.L. flator, aroma, fr. flo, to blow]
* * *fla·vor or chiefly Brit fla·vour 'flā-vər n1 a) the quality of something that affects the sense of taste <condiments give \flavor to food>b) the blend of taste and smell sensations evoked by a substance in the mouth <the \flavor of ripe fruit>2) a substance that flavorsfla·vored or chiefly Brit fla·voured -vərd adjflavor or chiefly Brit fla·vour vt, fla·vored or chiefly Brit fla·voured; fla·vor·ing or chiefly Brit fla·vour·ing 'flāv-(ə-)riŋ to give or add flavor to
* * *fla·vor (flaґvər) 1. that quality of any substance which affects the taste. 2. a pharmaceutical or other preparation for improving the taste of a food or medicine.
Medical dictionary. 2011.