Turbinal Tur"bi*nal, a. [L. turbo, turben, -inis, a top, whirl.] (Anat.) Rolled in a spiral; scroll-like; turbinate; -- applied to the thin, plicated, bony or cartilaginous plates which support the olfactory and mucous membranes of the nasal chambers. [1913 Webster]

Note: There are usually several of these plates in each nasal chamber. The upper ones, connected directly with the ethmoid bone, are called ethmoturbinals, and the lower, connected with the maxill[ae], maxillo-turbinals. Incurved portions of the wall of the nasal chamber are sometimes called pseudoturbinals, to distinguish them from the true turbinals which are free outgrowths into the chambers. [1913 Webster]

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  • Turbinal — Tur bi*nal, n. (Anat.) A turbinal bone or cartilage. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • turbinal — /terr beuh nl/, adj. 1. turbinate. n. 2. Anat. a turbinate bone. [1575 85; < L turbin (s. of turbo a whirlwind, top; see TURBINE) + AL1] * * * …   Universalium

  • turbinal — 1. adjective Having the shape of a cone resting on its apex. 2. noun A turbinate bone …   Wiktionary

  • turbinal — SYN: turbinated body (1). * * * tur·bi·nal tər bən əl n NASAL CONCHA * * * tur·bi·nal (turґbĭ nəl) [L. turbinalis, from turbo a child s top] turbinate …   Medical dictionary

  • turbinal — tur|bi|nal <Adj.> (Technik): gewunden …   Universal-Lexikon

  • turbinal — tur|bi|nal <zu ↑Turbine u. 1↑...al> gewunden (Techn.) …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • turbinal — adj. spiral; of or pertaining to some scroll like bones in the nasal chambers n. nasal concha, spiral bones in the nose (Anatomy) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • turbinal — [ tə:bɪn(ə)l] noun Anatomy & Zoology each of three thin curved shelves of bone in the sides of the nasal cavity, covered in mucous membrane. Origin C16 (in the sense top shaped ): from L. turbo, turbin spinning top + al …   English new terms dictionary

  • turbinal — tur·bi·nal …   English syllables

  • turbinal — /ˈtɜbənəl/ (say terbuhnuhl) adjective 1. turbinate. –noun 2. Anatomy a turbinate bone. {Latin turbo top + al1} …   Australian English dictionary

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