A bone shaped like a top. The turbinate is a bone in the nose; it is an extension of the ethmoid bone, is situated along the side wall of the nose, and is covered by mucous membrane. The word turbinate is related to a turbine and tornado. They are all derived from the Latin turbo meaning a whorl, eddy, or spiral shell. The turbinate in the nose was so named because it is a curled shelf of bone protruding from the lateral (side) wall of the nasal cavity.
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A bone shaped like a top, especially referring to turbinated bones. See inferior nasal concha, middle nasal concha, superior nasal concha, supreme nasal concha.

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tur·bi·nate 'tər-bə-nət, -.nāt adj of, relating to, or being a nasal concha
turbinate n NASAL CONCHA

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tur·bi·nate (turґbĭ-nāt) [L. turbineus] 1. shaped like a top. 2. any of the nasal conchae; see terms beginning concha nasalis. Called also turbinal.

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  • Turbinate — Tur bi*nate, v. i. To revolve or spin like a top; to whirl. [R.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Turbinate — Tur bi*nate, Turbinated Tur bi*na ted, a. [L. turbinatus, turbo, turben, inis, a whirl, top.] 1. Whirling in the manner of a top. [1913 Webster] A spiral and turbinated motion of the whole. Bentley. [1913 Webster] 2. (Bot.) Shaped like a top, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • turbinate — I. adjective also turbinated Etymology: Latin turbinatus, from turbin , turbo Date: 1661 1. shaped like a top or an inverted cone < turbinate seed capsule > 2. relating to or being a turbinate II. noun Date …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • turbinate — turbination, n. /terr beuh nit, nayt /, adj. 1. Also, turbinated. 2. having the shape of an inverted cone; scroll like; whorled; spiraled. 3. Anat. of or pertaining to certain scroll like, spongy bones of the nasal passages in humans and other… …   Universalium

  • turbinate — /ˈtɜbənət/ (say terbuhnuht), / neɪt/ (say nayt) adjective Also, turbinated. 1. scroll like; whorled; spiral. 2. Anatomy denoting or relating to certain scroll like spongy bones of the nasal passages in the higher vertebrates. 3. inversely conical …   Australian English dictionary

  • turbinate — 1. adjective a) Shaped or spinning like a top. b) In the shape of a coil. Syn: coiling, helical, spiral, spiraling, volute, whorled 2 …   Wiktionary

  • turbinate — n. turbinate shell; nasal concha, spiral bones in the nose (Anatomy) adj. spiral; of or pertaining to some scroll like bones in the nasal chambers …   English contemporary dictionary

  • turbinate — tur•bi•nate [[t]ˈtɜr bə nɪt, ˌneɪt[/t]] adj. Also, tur′bi•nat ed. 1) having the shape of an inverted cone; whorled; spiraled 2) anat. of or pertaining to certain scroll like, spongy bones of the nasal passages 3) ivt a turbinate shell • Etymology …   From formal English to slang

  • turbinate — resembling an inverted cone …   Dictionary of ichthyology

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