Na"sal (?), a. [F., from L. nasus the nose. See Nose.]

1. Anat.

Of or pertaining to the nose.

2. Phon.

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 (see Guide to Pronunciation, §§ 20, 208); characterized by resonance in the nasal passage; as, a nasal vowel; a nasal utterance.

Nasal bones Anat., two bones of the skull, in front of the frontals. -- Nasal index Anat., in the skull, the ratio of the transverse the base of the aperture to the nasion, which latter distance is taken as the standard, equal to 100.


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Na"sal, n.


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

2. Med.

A medicine that operates through the nose; an errhine.


3. Anc. Armor

Part of a helmet projecting to protect the nose; a nose guard.

4. Anat.

One of the nasal bones.

5. Zool.

A plate, or scale, on the nose of a fish, etc.


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