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squamous

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

Definition of SQUAMOUS

1
a :  covered with or consisting of scales :  scaly
b :  of, relating to, or being a stratified epithelium that consists at least in its outer layers of small scalelike cells
2
:  of, relating to, or being the anterior upper portion of the temporal bone of most mammals including humans
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Origin of SQUAMOUS

Middle English, from Latin squamosus, from squama scale
First Known Use: 15th century

Related to SQUAMOUS

Synonyms
scaled, scaly
Antonyms
scaleless

Other Cell Biology Terms

cytology, gamete, vacuole, zygote

Rhymes with SQUAMOUS

Medical Dictionary

squamous

adjective squa·mous \ˈskwā-məs\

Medical Definition of SQUAMOUS

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