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adjective squa·mous \ˈskwā-məs also ˈskwä-\

Definition of squamous

  1. 1a :  covered with or consisting of scales :  scalyb :  of, relating to, or being a stratified epithelium that consists at least in its outer layers of small scalelike cells

  2. 2 :  of, relating to, or being the anterior upper portion of the temporal bone of most mammals including humans



Origin of squamous

Middle English, from Latin squamosus, from squama scale


First Known Use: 15th century

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squamous

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adjective squa·mous \ˈskwā-məs\

Medical Definition of squamous

  1. 1a:  covered with or consisting of scalesb:  of, relating to, or being a stratified epithelium that consists at least in its outer layers of small scalelike cells

  2. 2:  resembling a scale or plate; especially :  of, relating to, or being the thin anterior upper portion of the temporal bone




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