Pronunciation: (tûr'bu-nit, -nāt"), [key]
2. having the shape of an inverted cone; scroll-like; whorled; spiraled.
3. Anat.of or pertaining to certain scroll-like, spongy bones of the nasal passages in humans and other vertebrates.
4. inversely conical.
1. a turbinate shell.
2. Also called nasal concha. Anat.a turbinate bone.
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