Definition of Nostril

1. Noun. Either one of the two external openings to the nasal cavity in the nose.

Exact synonyms: Anterior Naris
Group relationships: Nose, Olfactory Organ
Generic synonyms: Naris

Definition of Nostril

1. n. One of the external openings of the nose, which give passage to the air breathed and to secretions from the nose and eyes; one of the anterior nares.

Definition of Nostril

1. Noun. Either of the two orifices located on the nose (or on the beak of a bird); used as a passage for air and other gases to travel the nasal passages. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Nostril

1. an external opening of the nose [n -S]

Medical Definition of Nostril

1. 1. One of the external openings of the nose, which give passage to the air breathed and to secretions from the nose and eyes; one of the anterior nares. In sperm whales, porpoises, and allied animals, there is only one nostril, which is situated on the top of the head and called a spiracle. 2. Perception; insight; acuteness. "Methinks a man Of your sagacity and clear nostril should Have made another choice." (B. Jonson) Origin: OE. Nosethril, nosethirl, AS. Nospyrl; nos for nosu nose + pyrel opening, hole, from pyrel pierced, for pyrhel, fr. Purh through. See Nose, and Through, and cf. Thrill. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Nostril

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1. A Practical treatise on the diseases of the eye by William Mackenzie, Thomas Wharton Jones (1854)
"Pressure on the Orbit from the nostril. 1. Nasal polypus. The nostril communicates with the orbit by the lacrymal passage. The os unguis and os planum of ..."

2. Cyclopædia of India and of Eastern and Southern Asia, Commercial, Industrial by Edward Balfour (1873)
"Body ; of moderate length ; tail very short, nostril lateral, ... nostril very narrow, lateral ; ею small, with vertical pupil ; head covered «11 scales ..."

3. The Medical Times and Gazette (1875)
"Soon after there appeared a growth in the nostril, and an attempt was made at a ... When Mr. Mason examined the patient the left nostril was found ..."

4. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1896)
"In China, on the other hand, the practice was, and still is, to some degree at least, to insert moist small-pox crusts in the nostril, even to blowing the ..."

5. Philosophical Transactions by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1804)
"Observations on the Orifices found in certain poisonous Snakes, situated between the nostril and the Eye. ..."

6. A Treatise on Surgery by Timothy Holmes (1875)
"In the nostril they give rise to foul discharge from inflammation of and ear- the membrane, and may even produce disease of the bones. ..."

7. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1859)
"The application was repeated every twenty-four hours, and in four days the patients were cured. 22. Obstinate Chronic Discharge from the nostril removed by ..."

8. A Practical treatise on the diseases of the eye by William Mackenzie, Thomas Wharton Jones (1854)
"Pressure on the Orbit from the nostril. 1. Nasal polypus. The nostril communicates with the orbit by the lacrymal passage. The os unguis and os planum of ..."

9. Cyclopædia of India and of Eastern and Southern Asia, Commercial, Industrial by Edward Balfour (1873)
"Body ; of moderate length ; tail very short, nostril lateral, ... nostril very narrow, lateral ; ею small, with vertical pupil ; head covered «11 scales ..."

10. The Medical Times and Gazette (1875)
"Soon after there appeared a growth in the nostril, and an attempt was made at a ... When Mr. Mason examined the patient the left nostril was found ..."

11. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1896)
"In China, on the other hand, the practice was, and still is, to some degree at least, to insert moist small-pox crusts in the nostril, even to blowing the ..."

12. Philosophical Transactions by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1804)
"Observations on the Orifices found in certain poisonous Snakes, situated between the nostril and the Eye. ..."

13. A Treatise on Surgery by Timothy Holmes (1875)
"In the nostril they give rise to foul discharge from inflammation of and ear- the membrane, and may even produce disease of the bones. ..."

14. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1859)
"The application was repeated every twenty-four hours, and in four days the patients were cured. 22. Obstinate Chronic Discharge from the nostril removed by ..."

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