noun. any of three bony shelves within the nasal cavity. The turbinates generate turbulence in the airflow progressing from the nostrils to the olaspecty mucosa, and this turbulence excretes air across the olaspecty receptors inside the mucosa.

TURBINATE: "Tomorrow, we will be discussing turbinates."
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