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[ney-zuh l] /ˈneɪ zəl/
of or relating to the nose:
the nasal cavity.
Phonetics. pronounced with the voice issuing through the nose, either partly, as in French nasal vowels, or entirely (as in m, n, or the ng of song).
Phonetics. a nasal speech sound.
Origin of nasal1
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English (adj.) < Medieval Latin *nāsālis, equivalent to Latin nās(us) nose + -ālis -al1
Related forms
[ney-zal-i-tee] /neɪˈzæl ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
nasalism, noun
seminasality, noun


[ney-zuh l] /ˈneɪ zəl/
noun, Armor.
a bar or narrow plate used with an open helmet as a defense for the nose.
1470-80; late Middle English < Medieval Latin nāsāle, noun use of neuter of *nāsālis nasal1; replacing Middle English nasel < Middle French < Medieval Latin, as above Unabridged
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Examples from the web for nasal
  • It has gotten better over the years due to my using a nasal irrigator and alcohol sanitizer.
  • My pharmacist says that's normal due to using a nasal spray, as the nose contains pretty delicate veins.
  • The presence of this nuthatch is typically announced by its nasal calls.
  • Silt and leaf fragments clog the eye sockets and nasal cavity.
  • Canine influenza symptoms include low-grade fever, cough, and nasal discharge.
  • nasal sacs inside the dolphin's head are what make it possible for the dolphins to vocalize.
  • Once the fish is brought to the riverbank, it is secured with a rope or tube through its nasal cavity.
  • After a few moments the air would trigger nerve endings to cause the nasal cavity and the lungs to swell up.
  • However ghee is an essential lubricant when you are about to do nasal cleansing using water and then a rubber tube.
  • Song: a long series of squeaky warbling phrases, interspersed with a nasal grating rattle.
British Dictionary definitions for nasal


of or relating to the nose
(phonetics) pronounced with the soft palate lowered allowing air to escape via the nasal cavity instead of or as well as through the mouth
a nasal speech sound, such as English m, n, or ng
another word for nosepiece (sense 1)
Derived Forms
nasality (neɪˈzælɪtɪ) noun
nasally, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from French from Late Latin nāsālis, from Latin nāsus nose
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Word Origin and History for nasal

1650s, "of the nose," from French nasal, from Latin nasus "nose, the nose, sense of smell," from PIE *nas- (see nose (n.)). Of speech sounds, attested from 1660s. As a noun, "nasal letter or sound," from 1660s. Related: Nasality; nasalization.

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nasal in Medicine

nasal na·sal (nā'zəl)
Of, in, or relating to the nose.

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nasal in Science
Relating to or involving the nose.
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