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turbinate Syllabification: tur·bi·nate
Pronunciation: /ˈtərbənət/

Definition of turbinate in English:


chiefly Zoology
1(Especially of a shell) shaped like a spinning top or inverted cone.
1.1 Anatomy Relating to or denoting the turbinals.
Example sentences
  • Specimens from the lateral sides of the middle turbinate mucosa were examined as a control.
  • The valve area may be enlarged directly by correcting caudal septal deflection or turbinate hypertrophy.
  • Often patients begin treatment with turbinate reduction.


(also turbinate bone) Anatomy Back to top  
another term for turbinal.
Example sentences
  • The nose contains shelf-like structures called turbinates, which help trap particles entering the nasal passages.
  • Examination revealed a polypoid mass within the left nasal cavity replacing the left middle turbinate.
  • One patient developed synechiae between the middle turbinate and the lateral wall of the nose.


Mid 17th century: from Latin turbinatus, from turbo, turbin- (see turbine).

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