squamous

adjective squa·mous \ ˈskwā-məs also ˈskwä- \
|Updated on: 10 Jul 2018

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 and Etymology of squamous

Middle English, from Latin squamosus, from squama scale

squamous Synonyms

Synonyms

scaled, scaly;

Antonyms

scaleless;

Near Antonyms

smooth;

Related Words

scalelike;

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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
  • The epidermis is a stratified squamous epithelium forming the barrier that excludes harmful microbes and retains body fluids.
  • —Terry Lechler et al.Nature8 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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