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July 1985

Misuse in Terminology?

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Metairie, La

Arch Otolaryngol. 1985;111(7):485. doi:10.1001/archotol.1985.00800090099019

To the Editor.—In the September Archives, Kamer and Churukian1 used the term aquiline to describe what was, according to the structure of this sentence, a nose that had a straight profile with a projecting tip. Aquiline is derived from the word for eagle in Latin and implies the sort of nose that an eagle would have, that is, hooked or rounded. This misuse of the term aquiline is common in descriptions of aesthetic ideals in rhinoplasty and I would like to call attention to this inappropriate use to avoid confusion.

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