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squamous

[ skwey-muhs ]
/ ˈskweɪ məs /
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adjective
covered with or formed of squamae; scaly.
like a scale.
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Also squamosal, squa·mose [skwey-mohs, skwuh-mohs]. /ˈskweɪ moʊs, skwəˈmoʊs/.

Origin of squamous

First recorded in 1535–45; from Latin squāmōsus “covered with scales, scaly”; see squama, -ous

OTHER WORDS FROM squamous

squa·mous·ly, squa·mose·ly, adverbsqua·mous·ness, squa·mose·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for squamous

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 forms of squamous

squamously or squamosely, adverbsquamousness or squamoseness, noun

Word Origin for squamous

C16: from Latin squāmōsus, from squāma a scale
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Medical definitions for squamous

squamous
[ skwāməs, skwä- ]

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