turbinate
I. adjective also turbinated Etymology: Latin turbinatus, from turbin-, turbo Date: 1661 1. shaped like a top or an inverted cone <
turbinate seed capsule
>
2. relating to or being a turbinate II. noun Date: 1873 one of usually several thin plicated membrane-covered bony or cartilaginous plates on the walls of the nasal chambers

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  • turbinate — [tʉr′bi nit, tʉr′bināt΄] adj. [L turbinatus < turbo (gen. turbinis), a whirl, rotation: for IE base see TURBID] 1. shaped like a cone resting on its apex, as a molluskan shell 2. shaped like a scroll or spiral; specif., designating or of any… …   English World dictionary

  • Turbinate — Tur bi*nate, v. i. To revolve or spin like a top; to whirl. [R.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Turbinate — Tur bi*nate, Turbinated Tur bi*na ted, a. [L. turbinatus, turbo, turben, inis, a whirl, top.] 1. Whirling in the manner of a top. [1913 Webster] A spiral and turbinated motion of the whole. Bentley. [1913 Webster] 2. (Bot.) Shaped like a top, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Turbinate — A bone shaped like a top. The turbinate is a bone in the nose; it is an extension of the ethmoid bone, is situated along the side wall of the nose, and is covered by mucous membrane. The word turbinate is related to a turbine and tornado. They… …   Medical dictionary

  • turbinate — turbination, n. /terr beuh nit, nayt /, adj. 1. Also, turbinated. 2. having the shape of an inverted cone; scroll like; whorled; spiraled. 3. Anat. of or pertaining to certain scroll like, spongy bones of the nasal passages in humans and other… …   Universalium

  • turbinate — /ˈtɜbənət/ (say terbuhnuht), / neɪt/ (say nayt) adjective Also, turbinated. 1. scroll like; whorled; spiral. 2. Anatomy denoting or relating to certain scroll like spongy bones of the nasal passages in the higher vertebrates. 3. inversely conical …   Australian English dictionary

  • turbinate — 1. adjective a) Shaped or spinning like a top. b) In the shape of a coil. Syn: coiling, helical, spiral, spiraling, volute, whorled 2 …   Wiktionary

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

  • turbinate — tur•bi•nate [[t]ˈtɜr bə nɪt, ˌneɪt[/t]] adj. Also, tur′bi•nat ed. 1) having the shape of an inverted cone; whorled; spiraled 2) anat. of or pertaining to certain scroll like, spongy bones of the nasal passages 3) ivt a turbinate shell • Etymology …   From formal English to slang

  • turbinate — resembling an inverted cone …   Dictionary of ichthyology

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