- a small hollow or depression, as in a bivalve shell; dimple.
- Pathology. a small, deep corneal ulcer.
Origin of fossette
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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.
- anatomy a small depression or fossa, as in a bone
- pathol a small deep ulcer of the cornea
Word Origin for fossette
C19: from French: dimple, from fosse ditch
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- A small depression; a dimple.
- A small deep ulcer of the cornea.
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