squamous

adjective
squa·​mous | \ˈskwā-məs 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 : of, relating to, or being the anterior upper portion of the temporal bone of most mammals including humans

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Synonyms & Antonyms for squamous

Synonyms

scaled, scaly

Antonyms

scaleless

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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

adjective
squa·​mous | \ˈskwā-məs \

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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