Definition of Nasal

1. Adjective. Of or in or relating to the nose. "Nasal passages"

Exact synonyms: Rhinal
Partainyms: Nose, Nose

2. Noun. A consonant produced through the nose with the mouth closed.
Exact synonyms: Nasal Consonant
Generic synonyms: Consonant

3. Adjective. Sounding as if the nose were pinched. "A whining nasal voice"
Exact synonyms: Adenoidal, Pinched
Similar to: High, High-pitched
Derivative terms: Nasality

4. Noun. An elongated rectangular bone that forms the bridge of the nose.
Exact synonyms: Nasal Bone, Os Nasale
Terms within: Rhinion
Generic synonyms: Bone, Os
Group relationships: Bridge

Definition of Nasal

1. a. Of or pertaining to the nose.

2. n. An elementary sound which is uttered through the nose, or through both the nose and the mouth simultaneously.

Definition of Nasal

1. Adjective. (anatomy) Of or pertaining to the nose. ¹

2. Adjective. (phonetics) Having a quality imparted by means of the nose; and specifically, made by lowering the soft palate, in some cases with closure of the oral passage, the voice thus issuing (wholly or partially) through the nose, as in the consonants m, n, ng; characterized by resonance in the nasal passage; as, a nasal vowel; a nasal utterance. ¹

3. Noun. An elementary sound which is uttered through the nose, or through both the nose and the mouth simultaneously, such as''m'' and ''n''. ¹

4. Noun. (medicine) (archaic) A medicine that operates through the nose; an errhine. ¹

5. Noun. (phonetics) A nasal vowel or consonant. ¹

6. Noun. (context: now historical) Part of a helmet projecting to protect the nose; a nose guard. ¹

7. Noun. (anatomy) One of the nasal bones. ¹

8. Noun. (zoology) A plate, or scale, on the nose of a fish, etc. ¹

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Definition of Nasal

1. a sound uttered through the nose [n -S]

Medical Definition of Nasal

1. Pertaining to the nose. Origin: L. Nasalis This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Nasal

nary a
nasal (current term)
nasal arch
nasal atrium
nasal bone
nasal border of frontal bone
nasal calculus
nasal canthus
nasal capsule
nasal catarrh
nasal cavities
nasal cavity
nasal concha
nasal conchae
nasal congestion
nasal consonant

Literary usage of Nasal

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1901)
"The nasal Fossae. The nasal Fossae are two large, irregular cavities situated on ... These fossae are much Roof. nasal bone. nasal spine of frontal bone. ..."

2. Medical lexicon by Robley Dunglison (1860)
"These bones are situate beneath the nasal notch of the 09 frontis, and occupy the space between the nasal or angular processes of the superior ..."

3. The Laryngoscope by American Laryngological, Rhinological, and Otological Society (1908)
"In 2500 patients examined by him, he found six cases of nasal sarcoma, of which four were primarily of the nasal cavity, one situated in the pharyngeal ..."

4. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1911)
"Woch., 1910, xlvii, 2008) claims that nasal diphtheria in infants, in a large percentage of cases, is mistaken during the first days and even the first ..."

5. Cunningham's Manual of Practical Anatomy by Daniel John Cunningham, Arthur Robinson (1914)
"The infra-orbital vein joins the pterygoid plexus. nasal CAVITIES. Dissection.—The portion of the mandible which still remains, together with the ..."

6. Anatomy of the Cat by Jacob Ellsworth Reighard, Herbert Spencer Jennings (1901)
"nasal Bone. Os nasale (Fig. 30).— The nasal bones fill the space between the nasal process of the premaxillary, the frontal process of the maxillary, ..."

7. Quain's Elements of Anatomy by Jones Quain, Allen Thomson, George Dancer Thane (1882)
"THE nasal BONE. The nasal bones form the bridge of the nose. They are thick and narrow above, but gradually become wider and thinner below. ..."

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