Definition of turbinal in English:

turbinal

noun

usually turbinals
Anatomy Zoology
  • Each of three thin curved shelves of bone in the sides of the nasal cavity in humans and other warm-blooded vertebrates, covered in mucous membrane.

    • ‘The skulls of aardvarks are elongate and conical, and aardvarks have a more elaborate set of turbinal bones than any other mammal.’
    • ‘At least in mammals, turbinals come in at least two functional varieties.’
    • ‘The auditory bullae and the turbinals also tend to be large and complex.’
    • ‘In mammals, the ethmoid ossifies to form the turbinals, convoluted bones in the nasal cavity that are covered by olfactory sense organs.’

Origin

Late 16th century (as an adjective in the sense top-shaped): from Latin turbo, turbin- spinning top + -al.

Pronunciation:

turbinal

/ˈtərbənl/