Nasal index
Nasal Na"sal (n[=a]"zal), a. [F., from L. nasus the nose. See {Nose}.] 1. (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the nose. [1913 Webster]

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, [sect][sect] 20, 208); characterized by resonance in the nasal passage; as, a nasal vowel; a nasal utterance. [1913 Webster]

{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. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • nasal index — n the ratio of nasal breadth to nasal height multiplied by 100 * * * 100 times the maximal breadth of the nasal aperture divided by the nasion nasospinale height …   Medical dictionary

  • nasal index — n. 1. in cephalometry, the ratio of the greatest breadth of the nose to its greatest height multiplied by 100 2. in craniometry, the ratio of the greatest breadth of the nasal aperture (of the skull) to its greatest height multiplied by 100 …   English World dictionary

  • nasal index — noun : the ratio of nasal breadth to nasal height multiplied by 100 * * * 1. Craniom. (of the skull) the ratio of the distance from nasion to the lower margin of the nasal aperture to that of the maximum breadth of the nasal aperture. 2. Cephalom …   Useful english dictionary

  • nasal index — 1. Craniom. (of the skull) the ratio of the distance from nasion to the lower margin of the nasal aperture to that of the maximum breadth of the nasal aperture. 2. Cephalom. (of the head) the ratio of the maximum breadth of the external nose to… …   Universalium

  • nasal index — /neɪzəl ˈɪndɛks/ (say nayzuhl indeks) noun 1. (of the skull) the ratio of the distance from the nasion to the lower margin of the nasal aperture to that of the maximum breadth of the nasal aperture. 2. (of the head) the ratio of the maximum… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Nasal — Na sal (n[=a] zal), a. [F., from L. nasus the nose. See {Nose}.] 1. (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the nose. [1913 Webster] 2. (Phon.) Having a quality imparted by means of the nose; and specifically, made by lowering the soft palate, in some cases… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Nasal bones — Nasal Na sal (n[=a] zal), a. [F., from L. nasus the nose. See {Nose}.] 1. (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the nose. [1913 Webster] 2. (Phon.) Having a quality imparted by means of the nose; and specifically, made by lowering the soft palate, in some… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Nasal infix — The nasal infix is a reconstructed nasal consonant or syllable *⟨n(é)⟩ that was inserted (infixed) into the stem of a word in the Proto Indo European language, that has reflexes in several modern European languages. It served the inflectional… …   Wikipedia

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