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[nair-ee-uh l]
adjective Anatomy.
  1. of or relating to the nares or nostrils.
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Also nar·ine [nair-in, -ahyn] /ˈnɛər ɪn, -aɪn/.

Origin of narial

1865–70; < Latin nāri(s) nostril (see nares) + -al1
Related formsin·ter·nar·i·al, adjectivepre·nar·i·al, adjective
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Historical Examples of narial

  • The plane of the narial rim is oblique to the lateral surface of the maxilla.

    Two New Pelycosaurs from the Lower Permian of Oklahoma

    Richard C. Fox

  • Corresponding with the clumsy nose are very short nostrils, the commencement of the narial aperture being therefore very far back.

  • This means that there is a factor that inhibits the development of the narial flap.

  • The narial passage is freely open, maxillo-turbinals not being developed.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

  • The internal or nasal surface, like that of the premaxillae, is excavated by a deep longitudinal groove, the narial passage.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

British Dictionary definitions for narial


narine (ˈnɛərɪn, -raɪn)

  1. anatomy of or relating to the nares
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Word Origin for narial

C19: from Latin nāris nostril
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