Meaning of turbinate

tur•bi•nate

Pronunciation: (tûr'bu-nit, -nāt"), [key]
— adj.
  1. having the shape of an inverted cone; scroll-like; whorled; spiraled.
  2. of or pertaining to certain scroll-like, spongy bones of the nasal passages in humans and other vertebrates.
  3. inversely conical.
—n.
  1. a turbinate shell.
  2. Also calleda turbinate bone.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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