American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Having the shape of a cone resting on its apex.
- n. Anatomy A turbinate bone.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Same as turbinate.
- n. In zoology and anatomy:
- n. A turbinate bone; one of the spongy or scroll-like bones of the nasal passages specified as ethmoturbinal, maxilloturbinal, and sphenoturbinal (see the distinctive names). See turbinate, and the phrases there.
- n. In the Ophidia, a bone of the skull different from . See the quotation, and cut under Pythonidæ.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (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.
- n. (Anat.) A turbinal bone or cartilage.
- n. any of the scrolled spongy bones of the nasal passages in man and other vertebrates
- From Latin turbō, turbin-, spinning top; see turbine. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Mulhausen dynamo with its turbinal volute used by the telegraphists was quite adaptable to water driving, and on the sixth day in the evening the apparatus was in working order and the Prince was calling — weakly, indeed, but calling — to his air-fleet across the empty spaces of the world.”
“_Subglottic hypertrophic stenosis_ consists in symmetrical turbinal-like swellings encroaching on the lumen from either side.”
“The ethmoid ends in the ethmo-turbinal (e.t.); the nasal, the naso-turbinal”
“The electricians had contrived a catchment pool and a wheel in the torrent close at hand -- for the little Mulhausen dynamo with its turbinal volute used by the telegraphists was quite adaptable to water driving, and on the sixth day in the evening the apparatus was in working order and the Prince was calling -- weakly, indeed, but calling -- to his air-fleet across the empty spaces of the world.”
“A considerable area of the anterior part of the nasal septum is also visible by anterior rhinoscopy, and between it and the middle turbinal is a narrow chink -- the olfactory sulcus.”
“Occasionally bleeding occurs from one of the anterior ethmoidal veins, and under these circumstances the blood flows downwards between the middle turbinal and the septum.”
“When present in asthmatic subjects, nasal polypi, erectile swelling of the inferior turbinated bodies, spines of the septum in contact with the inferior turbinal, or areas on the mucous membrane which, when probed, produce coughing, call for treatment with the object of modifying the asthma.”
“Amongst the former may be noted as the more common, erectile swelling and hypertrophy of the mucous membrane covering the inferior turbinated bones, and nasal polypi growing from the middle turbinal and middle meatal region.”
“Further evidence of its source in the last-named cavities may be gained by finding pus in the superior meatus above the middle turbinal on examination by posterior rhinoscopy.”
“Pus in the olfactory sulcus, on the upper surface of the middle turbinal posteriorly, and on the vault of the naso-pharynx, is suggestive of sphenoidal suppuration.”
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