nasal concha
turbinate (def. 5).

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also called  Turbinate, or Turbinal,  

      any of several thin, scroll-shaped bony elements forming the upper chambers of the nasal cavities. They increase the surface area of these cavities, thus providing for rapid warming and humidification of air as it passes to the lungs. In higher vertebrates the olfactory epithelium is associated with these upper chambers, resulting in keener sense of smell. In humans, who are less dependent on the sense of smell, the nasal conchae are much reduced. The components of the nasal conchae are the inferior, medial, superior, and supreme turbinates.

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  • nasal concha — n any of three thin bony plates on the lateral wall of the nasal fossa on each side with or without their covering of mucous membrane: a) a separate curved bony plate that is the largest of the three and separates the inferior and middle meatuses …   Medical dictionary

  • nasal concha — noun one of several turbinate bones in the nasal cavity • Hypernyms: ↑turbinate bone, ↑turbinate, ↑turbinal, ↑concha …   Useful english dictionary

  • nasal concha — turbinate bone any of three thin scroll like bones that form the sides of the nasal cavity. The superior and middle nasal conchae are part of the ethmoid bone; the inferior nasal conchae are a separate pair of bones of the face. See: skull …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • nasal concha — noun Any one of the three thin bony plates on the lateral wall of the nasal cavity. Syn: turbinate, turbinate bone, turbinal …   Wiktionary

  • nasal concha inferior — c. nasi inferior …   Medical dictionary

  • nasal concha middle — c. nasi media …   Medical dictionary

  • nasal concha superior — c. nasi superior …   Medical dictionary

  • nasal concha supreme — c. nasi suprema …   Medical dictionary

  • Middle nasal concha — Bone: Middle nasal concha Ethmoid bone from behind …   Wikipedia

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