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 (tûr′bə-nĭt, -nāt′)
adj. also tur·bi·nat·ed (-nā′tĭd)
1. Shaped like a top.
2. Spinning like a top.
3. Zoology Spiral and decreasing sharply in diameter from base to apex. Used especially of shells.
4. Anatomy Of, relating to, or designating a small curved bone that extends horizontally along the lateral wall of the nasal passage in mammals and birds.
n. (-nāt′)
Anatomy A turbinate bone.

[Latin turbinātus, from turbō, turbin-, spinning top; see turbine.]
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(ˈtɜːbɪnɪt; -ˌneɪt) or


1. (Anatomy) anatomy of or relating to any of the thin scroll-shaped bones situated on the walls of the nasal passages
2. (Anatomy) shaped like a spiral or scroll
3. (Zoology) (esp of the shells of certain molluscs) shaped like an inverted cone
4. (Anatomy) Also called: nasal concha a turbinate bone
5. (Zoology) a turbinate shell
[C17: from Latin turbō spinning top]
ˌturbiˈnation n
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(ˈtɜr bə nɪt, -ˌneɪt)

adj. Also, tur′bi•nat`ed.
1. having the shape of an inverted cone; whorled; spiraled.
2. of or pertaining to certain scroll-like, spongy bones of the nasal passages.
3. a turbinate shell.
[1655–65; < Latin turbinātus shaped like a top =turbin-, s. of turbō a top (see turbine) + -ātus -ate1]
tur`bi•na′tion, n.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.turbinate - any of the scrolled spongy bones of the nasal passages in man and other vertebratesturbinate - any of the scrolled spongy bones of the nasal passages in man and other vertebrates
nasal concha - one of several turbinate bones in the nasal cavity
bone, os - rigid connective tissue that makes up the skeleton of vertebrates
nose, olfactory organ - the organ of smell and entrance to the respiratory tract; the prominent part of the face of man or other mammals; "he has a cold in the nose"
Adj.1.turbinate - of or relating to the scroll-shaped turbinate bones in the nasal passagesturbinate - of or relating to the scroll-shaped turbinate bones in the nasal passages
2.turbinate - in the shape of a coilturbinate - in the shape of a coil    
coiled - curled or wound (especially in concentric rings or spirals); "a coiled snake ready to strike"; "the rope lay coiled on the deck"
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The nasal turbinates contribute to the nasal function of humidification, warming, and filtration of inspired air.
A/feline/NY/16 replicated efficiently in the nasal turbinates and less efficiently in the lungs of infected animals (online Technical Appendix Figure 11); no virus was isolated from the other organs tested (i.e., brains, kidneys, livers, and spleens; data not shown).
Laser treatment of hyperplastic inferior nasal turbinates: A review.
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Among specific topics are patient selection and evaluation, basic functional endoscopic sinus surgery, surgical management of the nasal turbinates, benign osseous tumors of the nose and sinuses, the endoscopic transodontoid approach, and skull base reconstruction.
This type of infection is referred to as a "latent infection." During the shedding stage, the virus reactivates from the infected lymphocytes, targets specific cells in the nasal turbinates to complete its replication, and is then shed through sheep nasal secretions.
Since the early 80s, various types of lasers have been used for the reduction of hyperplastic inferior nasal turbinates (10).
Rhinocerebral disease usually begins with inhalation that infects the nasal turbinates or the oral mucosa.
The probable mechanism of benefit for intranasal steroids in rhinosinusitis is reduction of the inflammation and mucosal edema that occur in the nasal turbinates and sinus ostia as part of the disease process.
Tumor responses in both animals and humans are varied and include (in decreasing order of confidence) total tumors, lung cancer, soft-tissue sarcoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, breast cancer, digestive system cancers, multiple myeloma, skin, and thyroid gland in humans; and (alphabetically) adrenal glands, hematopoietic system (lymphomas), liver, lung, mouth (tongue and hard palate), nasal turbinates (nose), skin, and thyroid gland in animals.
This helps direct the medicine towards the nasal turbinates and away from the nasal septum, directing the medicine where it should go and not down the child's throat.