Definition of turbinate in English:



  • 1(especially of a shell) shaped like a spinning top or inverted cone.

    cone-shaped, tapered, tapering, pointed, funnel-shaped
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    1. 1.1Anatomy Relating to or denoting the turbinals.
      • ‘Specimens from the lateral sides of the middle turbinate mucosa were examined as a control.’
      • ‘Partial middle turbinate reduction is not done as a routine.’
      • ‘The valve area may be enlarged directly by correcting caudal septal deflection or turbinate hypertrophy.’
      • ‘Often patients begin treatment with turbinate reduction.’
      • ‘In older children, nasal polyps and turbinate hypertrophy must be ruled out.’


  • another term for turbinal
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The odour molecules are distributed over the receptor sheet in an irregular pattern by the turbulence of the airflow set up by the turbinate bones in the side walls of the nose.’
    • ‘The thin and tortuous turbinate bones within the nasal cavity are lined with a membrane containing a very rich supply of blood vessels.’


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