squamous cell


Definition of squamous cell

: a cell of or derived from squamous epithelium

Examples of squamous cell in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Skin cancer is becoming increasingly common in the U.S., and indoor tanning causes more than 450,000 basal and squamous cell cancers and more than 10,000 melanomas each year, Linos and colleagues write in JAMA Network Open. NBC News, "Tanning salons cluster in neighborhoods with more gay, bisexual men," 18 Oct. 2019 With diagnosis, every minute counts Since her mother died, Margaret Rhead has had two more cancers: uterine and squamous cell skin cancer. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "In a small Michigan town, one woman's determination could save lives," 1 Oct. 2018 Cases of squamous cell lung cancer did decrease after the surgeon general's warning, but another type, adenocarcinoma, increased. Risa Robinson, CNN, "The way you vape could make it even more dangerous," 16 Sep. 2019 Cases of squamous cell lung cancer did decrease after the surgeon general’s warning, but another type, adenocarcinoma, increased. Risa Robinson, The Conversation, "How a person vapes, not just what a person vapes, could also play a big role in vaping harm," 13 Sep. 2019 Basal and squamous cell skin cancers affect more than 5 million Americans each year. Naseem S. Miller, orlandosentinel.com, "Skin cancer in Florida: What you need to know," 18 July 2019 According to Jaliman, people with XP have a high risk of developing every type of skin cancer — from basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers to melanoma. PEOPLE.com, "For Children with This Rare Life-Threatening Skin Condition, Sunlight Can Kill," 23 Mar. 2018 Basal cell, squamous cell, and Melanoma are the three major types of skin cancer. Denise Coffey, Courant Community, "DKH Holds Free Skin Cancer Screenings On Melanoma Monday," 15 May 2018 Early research has found that these may also increase your risk of squamous cell cancer if they are exposed to UV light. Katheryn Erickson, Glamour, "Sneaky Skin Cancer Risks to Know Now," 25 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of squamous cell

1907, in the meaning defined above

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14 Nov 2019

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“Squamous cell.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squamous%20cell. Accessed 6 December 2019.

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Medical Definition of squamous cell

: a cell of or derived from squamous epithelium

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