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nasal

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[ ney-zuhl ]
/ ˈneɪ zəl /
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adjective
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).
noun
Phonetics. a nasal speech sound.
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Origin of nasal

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1375–1425; late Middle English (adj.) <Medieval Latin *nāsālis, equivalent to Latin nās(us) nose + -ālis-al1

OTHER WORDS FROM nasal

na·sal·i·ty [ney-zal-i-tee], /neɪˈzæl ɪ ti/, na·sal·ism, nounsem·i·na·sal·i·ty, noun

Other definitions for nasal (2 of 2)

nasal2
[ ney-zuhl ]
/ ˈneɪ zəl /

noun Armor.
a bar or narrow plate used with an open helmet as a defense for the nose.

Origin of nasal

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First recorded in 1470–80; late Middle English, from Medieval Latin nāsāle, noun use of neuter of nāsālis (unattested) nasal1; replacing Middle English nasel, from Middle French, from Medieval Latin, as above
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British Dictionary definitions for nasal

nasal
/ (ˈneɪzəl) /

adjective
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
noun
a nasal speech sound, such as English m, n, or ng
another word for nosepiece (def. 1)

Derived forms of nasal

nasality (neɪˈzælɪtɪ), nounnasally, adverb

Word Origin for nasal

C17: from French from Late Latin nāsālis, from Latin nāsus nose
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Medical definitions for nasal

nasal
[ nāzəl ]

adj.
Of, in, or relating to the nose.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Scientific definitions for nasal

nasal
[ nāzəl ]

Relating to or involving the nose.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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