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for Nasal index
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Nasal \Na"sal\ (n[=a]"zal), a. [F., from L. nasus the nose. See
1. (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the nose.
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.
Nasal bones (Anat.), two bones of the skull, in front of
Nasal index (Anat.), in the skull, the ratio of the
transverse breadth of the anterior nasal aperture to the
height from the base of the aperture to the nasion, which
latter distance is taken as the standard, equal to 100.
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