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Turbinates: The turbinates are small structures located within the nasal cavity that are composed of curled protruding bones covered with mucus membranes. The function of the turbinates is to keep the flow of inspired air steady and to circulate it around the greatest possible surface area. This optimizes the ability of the nasal cilia to trap foreign particles, pollutants, and pathogens and to help warm and moisturize air before it flows into the remainder of the respiratory tract.
There are three types of turbinates: the superior turbinates, middle turbinates, and inferior turbinates. Conditions that can afflict the turbinates include nasal polyps, nasal fractures, upper respiratory infections, respiratory allergies, smoking, and trauma.
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