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squamosal

[skwuh-moh-suh l]
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adjective
  1. Anatomy. of or relating to the thin, scalelike portion of the temporal bone that is situated on the side of the skull above and behind the ear.
  2. Zoology. pertaining to a corresponding bone in other vertebrates.
  3. squamous.
noun
  1. a squamosal bone.

Origin of squamosal

1840–50; < Latin squāmōs(us) squamous + -al1
Related formssu·per·squa·mo·sal, adjective
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Examples from the Web for squamosal

Historical Examples

  • The quadrate is united to the squamosal, which is loosely attached to the cranium.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

  • The periotic is not fused to the squamosal or to the small tympanic.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

  • The postglenoid and post-tympanic processes of the squamosal are large.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

  • Dorsally it is fixed to the squamosal and anteriorly to the quadratojugal.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

  • In front it meets the pro-otic, and on its outer side the squamosal and quadrate.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds


British Dictionary definitions for squamosal

squamosal

noun
  1. a thin platelike paired bone in the skull of vertebrates: in mammals it forms part of the temporal bone
adjective
  1. of or relating to this bone
  2. a less common word for squamous
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squamosal in Medicine

squamosal

(skwə-mōsəl)
adj.
  1. Of or relating to the thin, platelike part of the temporal bone.
n.
  1. A squamosal bone.
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