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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

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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