[fo-set, faw-]


a small hollow or depression, as in a bivalve shell; dimple.
Pathology. a small, deep corneal ulcer.

Origin of fossette

1840–50; < French: dimple, small cavity. See fosse, -ette Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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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fossette in Medicine




A small depression; a dimple.
A small deep ulcer of the cornea.
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