flaring of nostrils

flaring of nostrils

nasal widening during inspiration, a sign of air hunger or respiratory distress.
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But one-sided facial paralysis entails having a lopsided smile, no folds on the left side of the face whatever one's expression, no flaring of nostrils, no winking, no raising of an eyebrow.
However, our canine companions were nothing like their counterparts in the Blyton books, with their sense of smell confined strictly to sniffing out the source of anything edible or looking for invisible traces of trespassers in the compound, an endeavour that involved much flaring of nostrils and wagging of tails until something else caught their attention.
Forms of congenital, acquired, or treatment caused facial disfigurements which may be regarded as cultural include "oriental eyelid," non-caucasian nose, double chin, absence of a second cheek dimple, pigmentation problems such as freckles or port wine stain, wrinkles, cheek furrows, flaring of nostrils, other unwanted nasal features such as tips, humps, hanging columella, etc.