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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

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Origin and Etymology 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 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. 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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