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fossa

play
noun, fos·sa \ˈfä-sə\

Definition of fossa

plural fossae play \-ˌsē, -ˌsī\

  1. :  an anatomical pit, groove, or depression



Origin of fossa

New Latin, from Latin, ditch


First Known Use: 1733

Rhymes with fossa


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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 of fossa

Malagasy


First Known Use: 1838


Medical Dictionary

fossa

play
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



Learn More about fossa

  1. Medical Dictionary: Definition of "fossa" Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about "fossa"


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