Turbinate Definition

tûrbə-nĭt, -nāt
turbinated, turbinates
adjective
Shaped like a cone resting on its apex, as a molluskan shell.
Webster's New World
Spinning like a top.
American Heritage
Shaped like a scroll or spiral; specif., designating or of any of certain spiral, spongy bones in the nasal passages.
Webster's New World
Spiral and decreasing sharply in diameter from base to apex. Used especially of shells.
American Heritage

In the shape of a coil.

Wiktionary
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noun
turbinates
A turbinate shell.
Webster's New World
A turbinate bone.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
verb
To revolve or spin like a top; to whirl.
Wiktionary

Other Word Forms of Turbinate

Noun

Singular:
turbinate
Plural:
turbinates

Origin of Turbinate

  • Latin turbinātus from turbō turbin- spinning top turbine

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Latin turbinatus.

    From Wiktionary

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