squama

[ skwey-muh ]
/ ˈskweɪ mə /

noun, plural squa·mae [skwey-mee] /ˈskweɪ mi/.

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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British Dictionary definitions for squamae

squama
/ (ˈskweɪmə) /

noun plural -mae (-miː)

biology a scale or scalelike structure

Derived forms of squama

squamate (ˈskweɪmeɪt), adjective

Word Origin for squama

C18: from Latin
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Medical definitions for squamae

squama
[ skwāmə, skwä- ]

n. pl. squa•mae (-mē′)

A thin platelike mass, as of bone.
A scale or scalelike structure.

Other words from squama

squamate′ (-māt′) adj.
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