Definition of turbinate in English:


Line breaks: tur¦bin|ate
Pronunciation: /ˈtəːbɪnət


chiefly Zoology
  • 1(Especially of a shell) shaped like a spinning top or inverted cone.
  • 1.1 Anatomy Relating to or denoting the turbinals.
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    • 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.


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  • (also turbinate bone) Anatomy another term for turbinal.
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    • 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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