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.
- su·per·squa·mo·sal, adjective
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How to use squamosal in a sentence
The anterior (zygomatic) process of the squamosal is greatly reduced (only about one-third the length of the posterior process).
But the squamosal bone with which it always unites is in less close union with the brain case, and never covers the brain itself.Dragons of the Air | H. G. Seeley
The superior arch always includes the squamosal bone, which is at the back of the single bar in mammals.Dragons of the Air | H. G. Seeley
The squamosal is broad posteriorly but its anterior arm is slender and not in contact with the maxillary.
The squamosal of R. elegans is nearly triangular and notably different from that of Synaptotylus newelli.
British Dictionary definitions for squamosal
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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