Definition of prenasal in English:

prenasal

noun

  • 1Chiefly Palaeontology. Especially in a fish: a bone or bony plate located anterior to the nasal bone in the snout.

  • 2Zoology. In a reptile: a scale on the head immediately in front of the nostril.

  • 3Linguistics. A prenasalized consonant.

adjective

  • 1Zoology and Anatomy. Located in front of the nose, the nostrils, or the nasal region.

  • 2Linguistics. Occurring before a nasal consonant; characterized by prenasalization.

Origin

Mid 19th century. From pre- + nasal. Compare postnasal, postnasal.

Pronunciation

prenasal

/priːˈneɪzl/