Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having the shape of a cone resting on its apex.
  • noun A turbinate bone.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Same as turbinate.
  • noun In zoology and anatomy:
  • noun 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.
  • noun In the Ophidia, a bone of the skull different from . See the quotation, and cut under Pythonidæ.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Anat.) A turbinal bone or cartilage.
  • adjective (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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Having the shape of a cone resting on its apex.
  • noun anatomy A turbinate bone.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun any of the scrolled spongy bones of the nasal passages in man and other vertebrates

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From Latin turbō, turbin-, spinning top; see turbine.]

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