squamosal

[ skwuh-moh-suh l ]
/ skwəˈmoʊ səl /

adjective

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.

noun

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

squamosal

/ (skwəˈməʊsəl) /

noun

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

adjective

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

squamosal

[ skwə-mōsəl ]

adj.

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

n.

A squamosal bone.
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