What does nasal mean?

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  1. (anatomy) Of or pertaining to the nose
  2. (phonetics) Having a sound 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; characterized by resonance in the nasal passage
  1. (medicine) A medicine that operates through the nose; an errhine.
  2. (phonetics) A vowel or consonant (such as [m] or [n]) articulated with air flowing through the nose.
  3. (now historical) Part of a helmet projecting to protect the nose; a nose guard.
  4. (anatomy) One of the nasal bones.
  5. (zoology) A plate, or scale, on the nose of a fish, etc.
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