Nare is a noun that refers to an anatomical term for a nostril or a nasal opening in humans or animals. It is derived from the Old English word nǣr, meaning 'nose,' and has been used in English since the 14th century.
The term nare typically describes the external or visible part of the nostril, though it can also be used to refer to the entire nasal passage within the nasal cavity. It is a common feature found in mammals and some birds, playing a crucial role in respiration and olfaction. Nares are responsible for intake and outflow of air during breathing, allowing oxygen to enter the body while expelling carbon dioxide and other waste gases.
The nare is a distinctive feature of most animals, and its size, shape, and structure can vary across different species. In humans, each nostril leads to a nasal cavity lined with mucous membranes, which help filter, warm, and humidify the air before it reaches the lungs. Additionally, the nose plays a vital role in the sense of smell as it contains olfactory receptors that interpret different odors.
The term nare is commonly used by professionals in medical and veterinary fields, as well as zoologists and anatomists, to describe the nasal openings and associated structures in various organisms.