squamous

adjective
squa·​mous | \ ˈskwā-məs How to pronounce squamous (audio) 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 : resembling a scale or plate in structure especially : of, relating to, or being either the thin anterior upper portion of the temporal bone, the vertical portion of the frontal bone forming the forehead, or the curved expanded portion of the occipital bone behind the foramen magnum

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Recent Examples on the Web In the 1980s, Dougan developed squamous skin cancer and spent almost a year at the City of Hope cancer treatment center. New York Times, 21 Apr. 2021 Rivera, 58, who grew up in Seaside and was an All-America linebacker at Cal, successfully finished seven weeks of chemotherapy and proton radiation treatment in late October for squamous-cell cancer in his throat. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, 10 Dec. 2020 The patients had a subtype of lung cancer known as squamous non-small-cell lung cancer. Peter Loftus, WSJ, 4 June 2018 Patients in the study had an advanced stage of non-squamous non-small-cell lung cancer. Denise Grady, BostonGlobe.com, 17 Apr. 2018 Any restoration – from totally squamous to poofed up with down – require speculation. Brian Switek, Scientific American Blog Network, 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/squamous. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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squamous

adjective
squa·​mous | \ ˈskwā-məs How to pronounce squamous (audio) \

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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