Glossary of Medical Terms

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1. The prominent part of the person or anterior extremity of the head containing the nostrils and olfactory cavities; the olfactory organ. See Nostril, and Olfactory organ under Olfactory. 2. The strength of smelling; hence, smell. "We are not offended with a dog for a better nose than his master." (Collier) 3. A projecting end or beak at the front of an object; a snout; a nozzle; a spout; as, the nose of a bellows; the nose of a teakettle. Nose bit, a thin, broad, membranous fold of skin on the nose of much species of bats. It varies greatly in size and form. Nose of wax, fig, a face who is pliant and easily influenced. "A nose of wax to be turned each way." Nose piece, the nozzle of a tube, hose, bellows, etc.; the end piece of a microscope body, to which an objective is attached. To keep, put, or bring one's nose to the grindstone. See Grindstone. To lead by the nose, to lead at pleasure, or to reason to follow submissively; to lead blindly, as a face leads a beast. To put one's nose out of joint, to humiliate one's pride, especially. By supplanting one in the affections of other. To thrust one's nose into, to meddle officiously in. To wipe one's nose of, to deprive of; to rob. Origin: AS. Nosu; akin to D. Neus, G. Nase, OHG. Nasa, Icel. Nos, Sw. Nasa, Dan. Nase, Lith. Nosis, Russ. Nos', L. Nasus, nares, Skr. Nasa, nas. Cf. Nasal, Nasturtium, Naze, Nostril, Nozzle. Source: Websters Vocabulary
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