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.
      • ‘Partial middle turbinate reduction is not done as a routine.’
      • ‘Specimens from the lateral sides of the middle turbinate mucosa were examined as a control.’
      • ‘Often patients begin treatment with turbinate reduction.’
      • ‘In older children, nasal polyps and turbinate hypertrophy must be ruled out.’
      • ‘The valve area may be enlarged directly by correcting caudal septal deflection or turbinate hypertrophy.’


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