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Meaning of TURBINATE

Pronunciation:  'turbunit

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  any of the scrolled spongy bones of the nasal passages in man and other vertebrates
  2. [adj]  in the shape of a coil
  3. [adj]  of or relating to the scroll-shaped turbinate bones in the nasal passages

TURBINATE is a 9 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: coiled, coiling, helical, spiral, spiraling, turbinal, turbinate bone, volute, voluted, whorled
 See Also: bone, nasal concha, nose, olfactory organ, os



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Tur"bi*nate\, v. i.
    To revolve or spin like a top; to whirl. [R.]
  2. \Tur"bi*nate\, Turbinated \Tur"bi*na`ted\, a. [L.
    turbinatus, turbo, turben, -inis, a whirl, top.]
    1. Whirling in the manner of a top.
             A spiral and turbinated motion of the whole.
    2. (Bot.) Shaped like a top, or inverted cone; narrow at the
       base, and broad at the apex; as, a turbinated ovary,
       pericarp, or root.
    3. (Anat.) Turbinal.
    4. (Zo["o]l.) Spiral with the whorls decreasing rapidly from
       a large base to a pointed apex; -- said of certain shells.
Biology Dictionary
 Definition: Top-shaped, obconical.