- Also tur·bi·nat·ed. having the shape of an inverted cone; scroll-like; whorled; spiraled.
- Anatomy. of or relating to certain scroll-like, spongy bones of the nasal passages in humans and other vertebrates.
- inversely conical.
- a turbinate shell.
- Also called nasal concha. Anatomy. a turbinate bone.
Origin of turbinate
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Turbinate: Shaped like a whipping-top; whorled from a broad base to an apex.The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide
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Bulb four or five inches in diameter, six or seven inches in depth, turbinate, sometimes nearly fusiform.The Field and Garden Vegetables of America
Sporangia varying from globose to pyriform or turbinate, supported on a more or less elongated stipe.The Myxomycetes of the Miami Valley, Ohio
A. P. Morgan
Whose vertical section is turbinate, and horizontal circular.An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. IV (of 4)
Fruit medium, turbinate, light yellow turning to lemon-yellow, striped with bright red; good; Sept. and beginning of Oct.The Pears of New York
U. P. Hedrick
- anatomy of or relating to any of the thin scroll-shaped bones situated on the walls of the nasal passages
- shaped like a spiral or scroll
- (esp of the shells of certain molluscs) shaped like an inverted cone
- Also called: nasal concha a turbinate bone
- a turbinate shell
C17: from Latin turbō spinning top
- Shaped like a top.
- Of or relating to a turbinate bone.
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