nasal

noun
na·​sal | \ ˈnā-zəl How to pronounce nasal (audio) \

Definition of nasal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : the nosepiece of a helmet
2 : a nasal part
3 : a nasal consonant

nasal

adjective

Definition of nasal (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : of or relating to the nose
2a : uttered with the soft palate lowered and with passage of air through the nose (as with \m\, \n\, \ŋ\, \ōⁿ\, or \aⁿ\)
b : characterized by resonance produced through the nose
3 of a musical tone : sharp, penetrating

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Other Words from nasal

Adjective

nasality \ nā-​ˈza-​lə-​tē How to pronounce nasality (audio) \ noun
nasally \ ˈnā-​zə-​lē How to pronounce nasally (audio) , ˈnāz-​lē \ adverb

Examples of nasal in a Sentence

Adjective

a bottle of nasal spray the nasal consonants and the nasal vowels in French Her voice is harsh and nasal.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

An airport spokeswoman said some staff, tenants and first-responders have been trained in recognizing an overdose and administering the Narcan nasal spray. Robin Goist, cleveland.com, "Akron-Canton Airport installs naloxone kits, trains staff to recognize opioid overdoses," 27 Aug. 2019 Combine three teaspoons of pickling or canning salt (containing no iodide, anti-caking agents, or preservatives—these can irritate your nasal lining) and one teaspoon of baking soda, then store this mixture in an airtight container. Korin Miller, SELF, "9 Allergy Remedies Allergists Actually Use," 1 Mar. 2018 Last year, California allowed over-the-counter sale of the antidote naloxone, also sold as a nasal spray under the trade name Narcan. San Diego Union-Tribune, "CounterAct provides treatment for opioid overdose before it occurs," 7 Aug. 2019 In the 1990s, a few clues emerged, including an arched nasal crest and a strange lower jaw. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "This 'shovel-chinned eagle nose' dinosaur lived in Texas 80 million years ago," 12 July 2019 Doctors there transplanted olfactory mucosal cells drawn from his upper nasal passages into the site of his spinal injury. Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, "A gruesome case study points to the hazards of stem cell tourism," 10 July 2019 Anthony Robin Schneider, for example, was physically and vocally imposing as Death but had a distracting nasal cast to his voice that would be easy to eliminate. Washington Post, "At Wolf Trap Opera, Gluck and Ullman make for strange bedfellows," 27 June 2019 Midazolam was already approved for use in adults in pill form but is now available as a nasal spray for adolescents. Isabel Derera, The Conversation, "CBD and genetic testing provide hope for ‘intractable’ epilepsy in children," 25 July 2019 The state provided thousands of the nasal sprays to the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department in 2017. Los Angeles Times, "LAPD to equip more officers with medication to reduce opioid deaths," 18 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

FluMist, the nasal spray favored by kids and anyone else averse to needles, is also back this year. NBC News, "This year's flu season may be a bad one. Here's why you need a flu shot.," 17 Sep. 2019 The nasal decongestant, found in some allergy and cold medicines, can also be used to make crystal meth. New York Times, "Iraq Faces a New Adversary: Crystal Meth," 14 Sep. 2019 Kits of Narcan nasal spray may be picked up anonymously — Michigan doesn't require a prescription for Narcan — at hundreds of participating pharmacies. Georgea Kovanis, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan pharmacies to offer opioid-reversal drug for free on Saturday," 13 Sep. 2019 The deputies administered Narcan — a nasal spray that can reverse an opioid overdose — to all three and then worked with firefighters to rush them to area hospitals. Grace Toohey, orlandosentinel.com, "On 9/11 anniversary, Florida Attorney General honors Seminole deputies for saving lives in triple overdose," 11 Sep. 2019 But some people have nasal polyps or other problems, including allergies, which can increase their risk of chronic sinus infections. Tammy Worth, Health.com, "Is It a Sinus Infection or a Cold? Here's How to Tell the Difference," 10 Sep. 2019 Antti was shot through the nasal cavity by a Red Guard marksman on a drizzly evening in Tampere. Arna Bontemps Hemenway, The Atlantic, "Wolves of Karelia," 19 July 2019 Nasally, vitamin B12 can be absorbed across epithelial cells, which line the nasal cavities and airways. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "These new vape companies want you to inhale ... vitamins," 24 Oct. 2018 One of the stimulants, DMAA, was used in nasal decongestants in the 1940s but withdrawn from the market several decades later. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "The Illegal Ingredients in Your Dietary Supplements," 22 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of nasal

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for nasal

Noun

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from nes nose, from Latin nasus — more at nose

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nasal

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of nasal

: of or relating to the nose
: produced by pushing air out through the nose when you speak
: producing nasal sounds

nasal

adjective
na·​sal | \ ˈnā-zəl How to pronounce nasal (audio) \

Kids Definition of nasal

1 : of or relating to the nose the nasal passages
2 : uttered with the nose passage open The consonants \m\, \n\, and \ŋ\ are nasal.

Other Words from nasal

nasally adverb

nasal

noun
na·​sal | \ ˈnā-zəl How to pronounce nasal (audio) \

Medical Definition of nasal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a nasal part (as a bone)

nasal

adjective

Medical Definition of nasal (Entry 2 of 2)

: of or relating to the nose nasal inflammation

Other Words from nasal

nasally \ ˈnāz-​(ə-​)lē How to pronounce nasally (audio) \ adverb

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