Definition of Turbinate

1. Noun. Any of the scrolled spongy bones of the nasal passages in man and other vertebrates.

Exact synonyms: Turbinal, Turbinate Bone
Specialized synonyms: Nasal Concha
Generic synonyms: Bone, Os
Group relationships: Nose, Olfactory Organ

2. Adjective. Of or relating to the scroll-shaped turbinate bones in the nasal passages.
Partainyms: Turbinate Bone

3. Adjective. In the shape of a coil.
Exact synonyms: Coiling, Helical, Spiral, Spiraling, Volute, Voluted, Whorled
Similar to: Coiled
Derivative terms: Helix, Volute, Volute

Definition of Turbinate

1. v. i. To revolve or spin like a top; to whirl.

2. a. Whirling in the manner of a top.

Definition of Turbinate

1. Adjective. Shaped or spinning like a top. ¹

2. Adjective. In the shape of a coil. ¹

3. Adjective. (zoology) Spiral and decreasing sharply in diameter from base to apex. Used especially of shells. ¹

4. Adjective. (anatomy) Of, or relating to, the turbinate bone. ¹

5. Noun. (anatomy) A turbinal or turbinate bone. ¹

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Definition of Turbinate

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Medical Definition of Turbinate

1. An extension of the ethmoid bone located along the lateral wall of the nose, covered by mucous membrane. (27 Sep 1997)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Turbinate

turbidity current
turbinal varix
turbinate (current term)
turbinate bone
turbinate bones
turbinated body
turbinated bones
turbinated crest

Literary usage of Turbinate

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1. Quain's Elements of Anatomy by Jones Quain, Allen Thomson, George Dancer Thane (1882)
"... inner side and articulates with the inferior turbinate bone ; the posterior part, broader, is flat, continuous with the orbital surface of the ethmoid, ..."

2. The Anatomy of the Domestic Fowl by Benjamin Franklyn Kaupp (1918)
"The turbinate bones, or ossa turbinata, six in number, are attached to the ... In each nasal cavity there are three turbinate bones, one anterior and two ..."

3. Nasal Sinus Surgery with Operations on Nose and Throat by Beaman Douglass (1906)
"In other cases the middle turbinate will present a hypertrophy which will press so closely against the septum or against the external nasal wall as to ..."

4. A Flora of Western Middle California by Willis Linn Jepson (1901)
"slender branchlets; involucre turbinate or campanulate, 10 to 20 or ing base; heads 7 to 8-flowered, 3 or 4 lines long, terminating diffuse 25-flowered; ..."

5. Clinical Journal (1900)
"The inferior turbinate below. These three accessory cavities open by one or ... In order to see it the anterior half of the middle turbinate is removed, ..."

6. The Diseases of the Nose and Its Accessory Sinuses by H. Lambert Lack (1906)
"Under cocaine, a long narrow-bladed knife is thrust into the inferior turbinate, and the deeper structures freely divided. Contraction of the turbinate is ..."

7. Synoptical Flora of North America: The Gamopetalae, Being a Second Edition by Asa Gray (1888)
"Akènes turbinate, 5-costate, covered with long villous hairs which sometimes rise only from the base of the akcne. Pappus conspicuous, longer than the ..."

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