squamous

adjective
squa·​mous | \ ˈskwā-məs How to pronounce squamous (audio) also ˈskwä- \

Definition of squamous

1a : 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 : resembling a scale or plate in structure especially : of, relating to, or being either the thin anterior upper portion of the temporal bone, the vertical portion of the frontal bone forming the forehead, or the curved expanded portion of the occipital bone behind the foramen magnum

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Recent Examples on the Web The patients had a subtype of lung cancer known as squamous non-small-cell lung cancer. Peter Loftus, WSJ, "Research Yields Progress Against Lung Cancer," 4 June 2018 Patients in the study had an advanced stage of non-squamous non-small-cell lung cancer. Denise Grady, BostonGlobe.com, "Lung cancer patients live longer with immune therapy," 17 Apr. 2018 Any restoration – from totally squamous to poofed up with down – require speculation. Brian Switek, Scientific American Blog Network, "Long Live the Fuzzy T. rex," 14 June 2017

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First Known Use of squamous

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for squamous

Middle English, from Latin squamosus, from squama scale

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“Squamous.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squamous. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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squamous

adjective
squa·​mous | \ ˈskwā-məs How to pronounce squamous (audio) \

Medical Definition of squamous

1a : 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 The epidermis is a stratified squamous epithelium forming the barrier that excludes harmful microbes and retains body fluids.— Terry Lechler et al., Nature, 8 Sept. 2005
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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