Middle nasal concha

Dr Henry Knipe and Dr Jeremy Jones et al.

The middle nasal concha or turbinate is one of the conchae in the nose.

Gross anatomy

It consists of the medial surface of the labyrinth of ethmoid which is a thin lamella that descends from the under surface of the cribriform plate, and ends in a free, convoluted margin.

It is rough, and marked above by numerous grooves, directed nearly vertically downward from the cribriform plate; they lodge branches of the olfactory nerves, which are distributed to the mucous membrane covering the superior nasal concha.

Variant anatomy

Head and neck anatomy
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Article information

rID: 4777
System: Head & Neck
Section: Anatomy
Tag: refs
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Middle concha
  • Middle turbinate
  • Middle nasal turbinate

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