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fossette

[fo-set, faw-]
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noun
  1. a small hollow or depression, as in a bivalve shell; dimple.
  2. Pathology. a small, deep corneal ulcer.
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Origin of fossette

1840–50; < French: dimple, small cavity. See fosse, -ette
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Historical Examples

  • There is occasionally a saucer-shaped plate or platform just under the cardinal teeth and within the shell, called the fossette.

    The Sea-beach at Ebb-tide

    Augusta Foote Arnold

  • However, the fossette itself is shallow and soon disappears with slight wear.


British Dictionary definitions for fossette

fossette

noun
  1. anatomy a small depression or fossa, as in a bone
  2. pathol a small deep ulcer of the cornea
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Word Origin

C19: from French: dimple, from fosse ditch
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fossette in Medicine

fossette

(fŏ-sĕt)
n.
  1. A small depression; a dimple.
  2. A small deep ulcer of the cornea.
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