[ tur-buh-nit, -neyt ]
/ ˈtɜr bə nɪt, -ˌneɪt /


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

1655–65; < Latin turbinātus shaped like a top, equivalent to turbin- (stem of turbō a top; see turbine) + -ātus -ate1


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British Dictionary definitions for turbinate


turbinal (ˈtɜːbɪnəl)

/ (ˈtɜːbɪnɪt, -ˌneɪt) /

adjective Also: turbinated

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

Derived forms of turbinate

turbination, noun

Word Origin for turbinate

C17: from Latin turbō spinning top
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Medical definitions for turbinate

[ tûrbə-nĭt, -nāt′ ]


Shaped like a top.
Of or relating to a turbinate bone.
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