[ skwey-muh s ]
/ ˈskweɪ məs /


covered with or formed of squamae or scales.
Also squamosal, squa·mose [skwey-mohs, skwuh-mohs] /ˈskweɪ moʊs, skwəˈmoʊs/.

Origin of squamous

From the Latin word squāmōsus, dating back to 1535–45. See squama, -ous
Related formssqua·mous·ly, squa·mose·ly, adverbsqua·mous·ness, squa·mose·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for squamous


squamose (ˈskweɪməʊs)

/ (ˈskweɪməs) /

adjective biology

(of epithelium) consisting of one or more layers of flat platelike cells
covered with, formed of, or resembling scales
Derived Formssquamously or squamosely, adverbsquamousness or squamoseness, noun

Word Origin for squamous

C16: from Latin squāmōsus, from squāma a scale
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Word Origin and History for squamous



1540s, from Latin squamosus "covered with scales, scaly," from squama "scale," perhaps related to squalus "foul, filthy" (see squalid). Middle English had squame (late 14c.) "a scale," from Old French esquame, from Latin squama.

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Medicine definitions for squamous


[ skwāməs, skwä- ]


Covered with or formed of scales; scaly.
Resembling a scale or scales; thin and flat.
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