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

These can include antihistamines (which come in pills, nasal sprays, and eye drops), steroid nasal sprays, mast cell inhibitors, and leukotriene modifiers. Marisa Cohen, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Relief From Fall Allergies, According to an Allergist," 19 June 2019 That effectively changed in March, when the Food and Drug Administration approved a ketamine cousin called esketamine, taken as a nasal spray, for patients with intractable depression. NBC News, "Caution urged over use of fast-acting version of ketamine for depression," 11 June 2019 Besides Subsys and antinausea medication Syndros, which are currently sold commercially, Insys is developing nasal sprays to help treat opioid addiction and allergic reactions. Peg Brickley, WSJ, "Insys Files for Chapter 11 Days After Settling Opioid Case," 10 June 2019 The shot contains inactivated (completely dead) or incomplete strains of the influenza virus, while the nasal spray contains live attenuated (weakened) strains. Korin Miller, SELF, "No, Flu Shot Side Effects Don’t Mean That the Vaccine Gave You the Flu," 20 Nov. 2018 Treatment: Lin says people can treat symptoms with over-the-counter medications, including antihistamines and nasal steroid sprays, or prescription medication from a doctor. Sarah Gray, Time, "Brace Yourselves: Spring Allergy Season Is Coming. Here's What to Expect and How to Handle It," 11 Apr. 2018 Many first responders and medical professionals already carry naloxone, which is often sold under the brand name Narcan and can be administered as a nasal spray or an injection after a drug overdose. Jamie Ducharme, Fortune, "More Americans Should Carry Drug That Reverses Opioid Overdoses, Surgeon General Says in Rare Advisory," 5 Apr. 2018 The 100s streamed in a few hours later, followed by the 200s, and by midmorning some patients had begun exiting the building still slack-jawed from Novocain and carrying to-go packages of bandages, gauze, nasal strips and hand sanitizer. Eli Saslow, Washington Post, "‘Urgent needs from head to toe’: This clinic had two days to fix a lifetime of needs," 22 June 2019 If that’s the case, antihistamines won’t help — try using a steroid nasal spray and limiting exposure to pollen, Sokol said. Lauren Fox, BostonGlobe.com, "Pollen is getting worse, and climate change is the culprit," 14 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Trainers stanched nasal bleeding of each man, while play continued. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego Legion fall shy of Major League Rugby championship," 17 June 2019 The condition often goes undiagnosed because it is associated with symptoms common to other conditions, such as bloodshot eyes, excessive tearing, drooping eyelids and nasal congestion. NBC News, "FDA approves migraine drug as the first cluster headache treatment," 5 June 2019 Although not as effective as CPAP, other options for treating sleep apnea include oral appliances similar to a retainer, and nasal patches called Provent, both of which can help to open up the space around the airway. Molly Kimball, nola.com, "Is sleep apnea sabotaging your weight loss? Best of Molly Kimball," 4 June 2019 Simply fill a large bowl with hot water, add a few pumps or squeezes of soap, and inhale the steam that emerges to open your nasal passages. Rebekah Lowin, Country Living, "13 Castile Soap Uses You've Never Thought of Before," 22 May 2019 Look into over-the-counter medications and nasal sprays to get you through allergy season. Sarah Ladd, The Courier-Journal, "Why Louisville is one of the worst places to live with allergies," 25 Feb. 2019 Second trimesters could also bring about skin changes, nasal problems, dizziness, and more. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Little People, Big World' Star Tori Roloff Shares How Her Second Pregnancy Has Been "A Lot Harder"," 17 May 2019 Using a humidifier and saline nasal spray is also helpful. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "How to Share a Bed (And Still Sleep Through the Night)," 3 May 2019 This is the first approval of generic naloxone nasal spray for use in a community setting by individuals without medical training, the agency said. Stephen Nakrosis, WSJ, "Teva Pharma Gets Approval to Market Generic Nasal Spray for Opioid Overdoses," 19 Apr. 2019

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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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