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squama

[skwey-muh]
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noun, plural squa·mae [skwey-mee] /ˈskweɪ mi/.
  1. a scale or scalelike part, as of epidermis or bone.

Origin of squama

First recorded in 1700–10, squama is from the Latin word squāma scale
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Examples from the Web for squamae

Historical Examples

  • Post-alar membrane: the strip of membrane connecting the squamae with the scutellum.

    Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology

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British Dictionary definitions for squamae

squama

noun plural -mae (-miː)
  1. biology a scale or scalelike structure
Derived Formssquamate (ˈskweɪmeɪt), adjective

Word Origin

C18: from Latin
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squamae in Medicine

squama

(skwāmə, skwä-)
n. pl. squa•mae (-mē′)
  1. A thin platelike mass, as of bone.
  2. A scale or scalelike structure.
Related formssquamate′ (-māt′) adj.
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