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[tur-buh-nit, -neyt]
  1. Also tur·bi·nat·ed. 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.
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  1. a turbinate shell.
  2. Also called nasal concha. Anatomy. a turbinate bone.
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Origin of turbinate

1655–65; < Latin turbinātus shaped like a top, equivalent to turbin- (stem of turbō a top; see turbine) + -ātus -ate1
Related formstur·bi·na·tion, nounnon·tur·bi·nate, adjectivenon·tur·bi·nat·ed, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • Turbinate: Shaped like a whipping-top; whorled from a broad base to an apex.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide

    Augusta Foote Arnold

  • Bulb four or five inches in diameter, six or seven inches in depth, turbinate, sometimes nearly fusiform.

  • Sporangia varying from globose to pyriform or turbinate, supported on a more or less elongated stipe.

  • Whose vertical section is turbinate, and horizontal circular.

  • Fruit medium, turbinate, light yellow turning to lemon-yellow, striped with bright red; good; Sept. and beginning of Oct.

British Dictionary definitions for turbinate


turbinal (ˈtɜːbɪnəl)

adjective Also: turbinated
  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
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  1. Also called: nasal concha a turbinate bone
  2. a turbinate shell
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Derived Formsturbination, noun

Word Origin

C17: from Latin turbō spinning top
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turbinate in Medicine


(tûrbə-nĭt, -nāt′)
  1. Shaped like a top.
  2. Of or relating to a turbinate bone.
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