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fossa

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noun fos·sa \ˈfä-sə\

Definition of fossa

plural

fossae

play \-ˌsē, -ˌsī\
  1. :  an anatomical pit, groove, or depression



Origin and Etymology of fossa

New Latin, from Latin, ditch


First Known Use: 1733


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fossa

noun fos·sa

Definition of fossa

  1. :  a slender long-tailed carnivorous mammal (Cryptoprocta ferox) of Madagascar that has retractile claws and is often grouped with the mongooses or placed in a related family (Eupleridae)



Illustration of fossa

Origin and Etymology of fossa

Malagasy


First Known Use: 1838


Medical Dictionary

fossa

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noun fos·sa \ˈfäs-ə\

Medical Definition of fossa

plural

fossae

\-ˌē, -ˌī\play play
  1. :  an anatomical pit, groove, or depression <the temporal fossa of the skull> <the fossa in the liver for the gallbladder>

fossate

\-ˌāt\play adjective



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