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

With little or no training, bystanders can reverse an opioid overdose with a naloxone nasal spray or by injection of the drug. Carla K. Johnson, The Seattle Times, "Q&A: Feds tackle opioid epidemic, but is it helping?," 28 Jan. 2019 That could be related to asthma or chronic nasal congestion (both of which may narrow and irritates your airways), large tonsils, or excess weight in certain areas around the upper airways. Korin Miller, SELF, "Houston Astros Pitcher Josh James Discovered His 'Laziness' Was Actually a Symptom of Sleep Apnea," 19 Oct. 2018 At age 6, Dakota Fanning was very likely one of the only kids on the block playing with a medical neck brace and plastic nasal tubes. Yvonne Villarreal, latimes.com, "Dakota Fanning: From pint-sized guest star to strong-willed boundary pusher on 'The Alienist'," 23 Mar. 2018 Dealing with possible side effects from the flu shot or nasal spray is much, much better than coming down with the actual flu itself. Korin Miller, SELF, "No, Flu Shot Side Effects Don’t Mean That the Vaccine Gave You the Flu," 20 Nov. 2018 There have been no studies more recent than the old ones cited by Breathe and others, except for a few on nasal sprays, which exist in prescription form. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "These new vape companies want you to inhale ... vitamins," 24 Oct. 2018 Both organizations urge everyone 6 months or older (with a few exceptions) to get a flu shot — at this point, the AAP recommends the shot over the FluMist nasal spray (LAIV4), which wasn't as effective as the shot last year. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "Flu Symptoms in Kids Come Suddenly, But You Can Act Fast If You Know What to Look For," 19 Oct. 2018 This year, the flu vaccine is available via a shot or nasal spray. Korin Miller, SELF, "One Child in Florida Already Died From the Flu This Season," 16 Oct. 2018 Among the telltale symptoms: a persistent year-round wet cough, nasal congestion and frequent respiratory infections. Sandra G. Boodman, chicagotribune.com, "The girl who couldn't stop coughing," 5 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The drug, a nasal spray that manufacturer Johnson & Johnson has branded Spravato, is a close chemical relation to ketamine, an anesthetic that is known for its heady effects on the brain. Peter Loftus, WSJ, "FDA Approves Controversial Drug for Depression," 5 Mar. 2019 Injections cannot narrow the nasal tip or bring the nostrils in to slim the width of the nose at its base. Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, "Everything to You Need to Know When Considering a Non-Surgical Nose Job," 11 Mar. 2019 The Miracle Spot Treatment Possibly the most surprising product of the bunch is this stalwart nasal spray. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "5 Drugstore Beauty Staples Every Woman Should Own," 1 Mar. 2019 In one landmark study from the late ’50s, over 1,000 stalwarts were inoculated with the infectious nasal secretions from a patient with an active cold. Richard Klasco, M.d., New York Times, "Can I Catch the Same Cold Twice?," 9 Mar. 2018 Filler Nose Job Service: Temporary hyaluronic filler to correct nasal imbalances. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "17 Over-the-Top Beauty Treatments to Try Before Your Wedding Day," 13 Dec. 2018 All states have laws that encourage access to the drug, which comes in a shot and as a nasal mist, and most allow pharmacy sale without a prescription. Laura Ungar, USA TODAY, "Surgeon General's advisory: More should carry antidote to counter opioid overdoses," 5 Apr. 2018 Not only is the action of the play, which unfolds in a fluorescent-lighted warehouse, grotesquely comic in tone, but Mr. Esparza turns Ui-Hitler into a figure of fun (his whiny, nasal voice reminded me of Jerry Lewis). Terry Teachout, WSJ, "‘The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui’ Review: A Man of Führer Words," 29 Nov. 2018 Although the flu shot is often in the spotlight, the CDC is also recommending an additional form of the flu vaccine for this flu season: the nasal spray. Korin Miller, SELF, "No, Flu Shot Side Effects Don’t Mean That the Vaccine Gave You the Flu," 20 Nov. 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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