- shaped like a cone resting on its apex, as a molluskan shell
- shaped like a scroll or spiral; specif., designating or of any of certain spiral, spongy bones in the nasal passages
Origin of turbinateClassical Latin turbinatus ; from turbo (gen. turbinis), a whirl, rotation: for Indo-European base see turbid
- a turbinate shell
- a turbinate bone
- Shaped like a top.
- Spinning like a top.
- Zoology Spiral and decreasing sharply in diameter from base to apex. Used especially of shells.
- 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.
Origin of turbinateLatin turbinatus, from turb&omacron;, turbin-, spinning top; see turbine.
(comparative more turbinate, superlative most turbinate)
- (anatomy) A turbinal or turbinate bone.
(third-person singular simple present turbinates, present participle turbinating, simple past and past participle turbinated)
- To revolve or spin like a top; to whirl.