nasal

noun
na·​sal | \ˈnā-zəl \

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\, \, \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 \ noun
nasally \ ˈnā-​zə-​lē , 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

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 Auto-Tune; hip-hop; and the nasal, narcotized, dispirited voices of SoundCloud rap compete with, and often out-stream, the kind of soulful vocal storytelling that would have had Ms. Aguilera flourishing in previous eras. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Christina Aguilera Exults in Her Voice on ‘Liberation’," 13 June 2018 Soon after, 17-month-old Noah developed a fever, chills, mild diarrhea and nasal congestion. Kaila White, azcentral, "After salmonella nearly killed their toddler, Glendale parents sue Foster Farms – and win," 11 June 2018 The research team thinks that the bitter genes allow the koalas to pick out leaves with the least amount of toxins, while the nasal receptor expansion might help them sniff out which leaves have a higher water content. Deborah Netburn, latimes.com, "The koalas are threatened. Can their genome help us save them?," 2 July 2018 Because of their lack of training or their inability to do the endo nasal technique, many patients undergo an unnecessary procedure that changes the patient’s nasal tip. Dr. Carlos Wolf, miamiherald, "Not all nose jobs are for all patients. If uncertain, get second opinion before surgery," 3 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Expect Drew VerHagen to return from a nasal fracture after another rehab assignment with Triple-A Toledo. George Sipple, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers takeaways: How adding Jim Adduci impacts James McCann," 3 July 2018 Common symptoms include sneezing, nasal discharge and frequent coughing that can last for two weeks or more. Saryn Chorney, PEOPLE.com, "As Dog Flu Spreads from Brooklyn into Manhattan, N.Y.C. Veterinarians Issue Urgent Warnings to Pet Parents," 29 May 2018 Your nasal bones, however, will be strong at about one month. Dr. Carlos Wolf, miamiherald, "How soon after a nose job can you go back to exercising?," 15 June 2018 Naloxone, often sold under the brand name Narcan, is administered by injection or nasal mist. Catherine Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, "California orders opioid overdose antidote naloxone available without prescription," 8 June 2018 Most people are familiar with the nasal spray version rather than the injectable, Dr. Vakharia says, and it's considered just as effective as an injection. Korin Miller, SELF, "Naloxone, the Drug That Can Reverse Opioid Overdoses, Has Been Recalled," 5 June 2018 Caitlin Cossaboom, of the Epidemic Intelligence Service class of 2017, collects a nasal swab of a Cape buffalo during an anthrax outbreak investigation in Namibia. Betsy Mckay, WSJ, "The Weirdest Job Fair Pitch: ‘Ask Me About Brain-Eating Amebas’," 16 May 2018 There’s no shortage of interest in the idea: Janssen (JNJ) is testing an esketamine nasal spray, which, when combined with an oral antidepressant, has shown promise in quickly curbing symptoms of serious depression. Megan Thielking, STAT, "Companies are racing to develop fast-acting depression drugs — but the process is tricky," 3 July 2018 In 2002, Somaraju founded NextBreath, a company that specializes in laboratory testing of pulmonary and nasal drug delivery. Cody Boteler, baltimoresun.com, "A civic journey: From immigrant to citizen to voter," 2 July 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 \

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 \

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 \ adverb

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