What is nostril?

  • (noun): Either one of the two external openings to the nasal cavity in the nose.
    Synonyms: anterior naris


A nostril (or naris, pl. nares) is one of the two channels of the nose, from the point where they bifurcate to the external opening. In birds and mammals, they contain branched bones or cartilages called turbinates, whose function is to warm air on inhalation and remove moisture on exhalation. Fish do not breathe through their noses, but they do have two small holes used for smelling which may, indeed, be called nostrils.

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Some articles on nostril:

Pratiloma Ujjayi - Practice
... Ujjayi is practiced with both nostrils open, when one is blocked breathe normally, the restriction of flow is enough with a closed nostril without adding Ujjayi ... Breathe in through both nostrils* ... Close right nostril with right thumb, breathe out through left nostril ...
... A nostril (or naris, pl ... small holes used for smelling which may, indeed, be called nostrils ... by having tubular extensions of their nostrils ...
Dosage - Azelastine Nasal Spray
... For adults and children ≥ 12 years the recommend dosage is 1 or 2 sprays/nostril twice daily ... One spray/nostril twice daily is effective and has an improved tolerability profile compared with the two spray regimen in patients with moderate-to-severe seasonal allergic ... For children aged between 5 and 11 years 1 spray/nostril twice daily is the recommended dosage ...
Anuloma Pranayama
... Anuloma pranayama is breathing through alternate nostrils of the nose ... Alternate nostrils are closed, generally by using the right hand's thumb, ring finger, and little finger ... The thumb is used for closing the right nostril and the ring and little fingers are used to close the left nostril ...
Swara Yoga - Recommended Deeds During Particular Flow of Swaras
... There are three modes of breathing, viz, flow from left nostril, flow from right nostril flow from both the nostrils ... Following are some of the specific activities which should be initiated when left or right nostrils are active ... for pious activities are initiated during currency of left nostril ...