turbinate

adjective
tur·​bi·​nate | \ ˈtər-bə-nət How to pronounce turbinate (audio) , -ˌnāt \
variants: or less commonly turbinated \ ˈtər-​bə-​ˌnā-​təd How to pronounce turbinate (audio) \

Definition of turbinate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : shaped like a top or an inverted cone turbinate seed capsule
2 : relating to or being a turbinate

turbinate

noun

Definition of turbinate (Entry 2 of 2)

: one of usually several thin plicated membrane-covered bony or cartilaginous plates on the walls of the nasal chambers

Examples of turbinate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun So anybody who’s using the deep turbinate now is just out of date. Steven Levy, Wired, "Bill Gates on Covid: Most US Tests Are ‘Completely Garbage’," 7 Aug. 2020 Research published this spring suggested that the mid-turbinate swabbing was sensitive enough, and could be done more quickly. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, "The Town That Tested Itself," 20 May 2020 Specimen collection device: The mid-turbinate swab is not an FDA/CDC Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) approved specimen type. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "I probed my nasal cavity for the new coronavirus—here’s what I found," 24 Apr. 2020 Your doctor must know how to make more space by either fixing your septum, which separates the left and right airways, or reducing the size of your turbinates, the structures on the side wall inside the nose. Carlos Wolf, miamiherald, "Could a nose job make my breathing worse?," 23 Oct. 2017 All mammals have some ability to do this, even humans, thanks to scroll-like bones called turbinates that increase the surface area inside the nose. Todd Marshall, National Geographic, "Ice Age Beast Honked Like a Dinosaur," 4 Feb. 2016

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First Known Use of turbinate

Adjective

1661, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1873, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for turbinate

Adjective

Latin turbinatus, from turbin-, turbo

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The first known use of turbinate was in 1661

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“Turbinate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/turbinate. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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turbinate

adjective
tur·​bi·​nate | \ ˈtər-bə-nət How to pronounce turbinate (audio) , -ˌnāt How to pronounce turbinate (audio) \

Medical Definition of turbinate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or being a nasal concha

turbinate

noun

Medical Definition of turbinate (Entry 2 of 2)

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