squama

noun

: a scalelike or thin, flattened part or structure especially of an animal: such as
a
: a small outgrowth of the base of a wing of a dipteran fly that covers the haltere
b
: the squamous portion of a bone of the skull

Word History

Etymology

Latin

First Known Use

circa 1703, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of squama was circa 1703

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Cite this Entry

“Squama.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squama. Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Medical Definition

squama

noun
: a structure resembling a scale or plate: as
a
: the curved platelike posterior portion of the occipital bone
b
: the vertical portion of the frontal bone that forms the forehead
c
: the thin anterior upper portion of the temporal bone
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