[ skwuh-moh-suhl ]

  1. 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.

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

  1. a squamosal bone.

Origin of squamosal

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

Other words from squamosal

  • su·per·squa·mo·sal, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for squamosal


/ (skwəˈməʊsəl) /

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

  1. of or relating to this bone

  2. a less common word for squamous

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