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nasal1

[ney-zuh l] /ˈneɪ zəl/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to the nose:
the nasal cavity.
2.
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).
noun
3.
Phonetics. a nasal speech sound.
Origin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English (adj.) < Medieval Latin *nāsālis, equivalent to Latin nās(us) nose + -ālis -al1
Related forms
nasality
[ney-zal-i-tee] /neɪˈzæl ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
nasalism, noun
seminasality, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for nasalism

nasal

/ˈneɪzəl/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the nose
2.
(phonetics) pronounced with the soft palate lowered allowing air to escape via the nasal cavity instead of or as well as through the mouth
noun
3.
a nasal speech sound, such as English m, n, or ng
4.
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 nasalism

nasal

adj.

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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nasalism in Medicine

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

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nasalism in Science
nasal
  (nā'zəl)   
Relating to or involving the nose.
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Encyclopedia Article for nasalism

nasal

in phonetics, speech sound in which the airstream passes through the nose as a result of the lowering of the soft palate (velum) at the back of the mouth. In the case of nasal consonants, such as English m, n, and ng (the final sound in "sing"), the mouth is occluded at some point by the lips or tongue and the airstream is expelled entirely through the nose. Sounds in which the airstream is expelled partly through the nose and partly through the mouth are classified as nasalized. Nasalized vowels are common in French (e.g., in vin "wine," bon "good," and enfant "child"), Portuguese, and a number of other languages. There are also instances of nasalized consonants in which the feature of nasalization carries over to a typically nonnasal consonant (e.g., the l in French branlant, "shaky").

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