[ skwey-muh ]
/ ˈskweɪ mə /
noun, plural squa·mae [skwey-mee] /ˈskweɪ mi/.
a scale or scalelike part, as of epidermis or bone.
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Origin of squama
First recorded in 1700–10, squama is from the Latin word squāma scale
Words nearby squama
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Example sentences from the Web for squamae
Post-alar membrane: the strip of membrane connecting the squamae with the scutellum.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology|John. B. Smith
British Dictionary definitions for squamae
/ (ˈskweɪmə) /
noun plural -mae (-miː)
biology a scale or scalelike structure
Derived forms of squamasquamate (ˈskweɪmeɪt), adjective
Word Origin for squama
C18: from Latin
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Medical definitions for squamae
[ skwā′mə, skwä′- ]
n. pl. squa•mae (-mē′)
A thin platelike mass, as of bone.
A scale or scalelike structure.
Other words from squamasqua′mate′ (-māt′) adj.
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