[ skwuh-moh-suh l ]
/ skwəˈmoʊ səl /


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.
Zoology. pertaining to a corresponding bone in other vertebrates.


a squamosal bone.

Origin of squamosal

1840–50; < Latin squāmōs(us) squamous + -al1

Related forms

su·per·squa·mo·sal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for squamosal


/ (skwəˈməʊsəl) /


a thin platelike paired bone in the skull of vertebrates: in mammals it forms part of the temporal bone


of or relating to this bone
a less common word for squamous
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Medicine definitions for squamosal


[ skwə-mōsəl ]


Of or relating to the thin, platelike part of the temporal bone.


A squamosal bone.
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