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turbinate

[tur-buh-nit, -neyt] /ˈtɜr bə nɪt, -ˌneɪt/
adjective
1.
Also, turbinated. having the shape of an inverted cone; scroll-like; whorled; spiraled.
2.
Anatomy. of or relating to certain scroll-like, spongy bones of the nasal passages in humans and other vertebrates.
3.
inversely conical.
noun
4.
a turbinate shell.
5.
Also called nasal concha. Anatomy. a turbinate bone.
Origin of turbinate
1655-1665
1655-65; < Latin turbinātus shaped like a top, equivalent to turbin- (stem of turbō a top; see turbine) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
turbination, noun
nonturbinate, adjective
nonturbinated, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for turbinate

turbinate

/ˈtɜːbɪnɪt; -ˌneɪt/
adjective
1.
(anatomy) of or relating to any of the thin scroll-shaped bones situated on the walls of the nasal passages
2.
shaped like a spiral or scroll
3.
(esp of the shells of certain molluscs) shaped like an inverted cone
noun
4.
Also called nasal concha. a turbinate bone
5.
a turbinate shell
Derived Forms
turbination, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin turbō spinning top
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turbinate in Medicine

turbinate tur·bi·nate (tûr'bə-nĭt, -nāt') or tur·bi·nat·ed (-nā'tĭd)
adj.

  1. Shaped like a top.

  2. Of or relating to a turbinate bone.

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