One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Physical Anthropology. An indicator of nose size and shape obtained by multiplying the ratio of nose breadth to height by 100.
2Medicine. A measure of nasal discomfort or affliction in an illness or allergy, calculated by adding scores representing nasal stuffiness, nasal discharge, and sneezing.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute. From nasal + index, after French indice nasal.
nasal index/ˌneɪzl ˈɪndɛks/
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