adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Latin squamosus, from squama scale Date: 15th century 1. a. covered with or consisting of scales ; scaly b. of, relating to, or being a stratified epithelium that consists at least in its outer layers of small scalelike cells 2. of, relating to, or being the anterior upper portion of the temporal bone of most mammals including humans

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  • squamous — 1540s, from L. squamosus covered with scales, scaly, from squama scale, perhaps related to squalus foul, filthy (see SQUALID (Cf. squalid)). M.E. had squame (late 14c.) a scale, from O.Fr. esquame, from L. squama …   Etymology dictionary

  • squamous — [skwā′mōsskwā′məs] adj. [L squamosus < squama, a scale] 1. like, formed of, or covered with scales 2. Anat. designating or of a thin, scalelike cell, structure, etc., esp. an epithelial cell or a platelike structure in the upper anterior… …   English World dictionary

  • Squamous — Squamose Squa*mose (skw[.a]*m[=o]s or skw[=a] m[=o]s ), Squamous Squa mous (skw[=a] m[u^]s), a. [L. squamosus, fr. squama a scale: cf. F. squameux.] 1. Covered with, or consisting of, scales; resembling a scale; scaly; as, the squamose cones of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • squamous — adjective /ˈskweɪ.məs,ˈskwɑː.məs,ˈskweɪ.moʊs,ˈskwɑ.moʊs/ a) Covered with, made of, or resembling scales; scaly. In the squamous heads of Scabius, Knapweed, and the elegant Jacea Pinea, and in the Scaly composure of the Oak Rose, which some years… …   Wiktionary

  • squamous — 1) flat, as in a cell layer (as opposed to cuboidal and columnar) 2) a suture with scale like and overlapping margins 3) squamosal 4) adjective for squama (scale); possessing scales …   Dictionary of ichthyology

  • squamous — См. squamose …   Dictionary of invertebrate zoology

  • squamous — squamously, squamosely, adv. squamousness, squamoseness, n. /skway meuhs/, adj. 1. covered with or formed of squamae or scales. 2. scalelike. Also, squamosal, squamose /skway mohs, skweuh mohs /. [1535 45; < L squamosus. See SQUAMA, OUS] * * * …   Universalium

  • squamous — Relating to or covered with scales. SYN: scaly. [L. squamosus] * * * squa·mous skwā məs adj 1 a) covered with or consisting of scales b) of, relating to, or being a stratified epithelium that consists at least in its outer layers of small… …   Medical dictionary

  • squamous — adj. of scales; covered with scales; resembling scales …   English contemporary dictionary

  • squamous — [ skweɪməs] adjective 1》 covered with or characterized by scales. 2》 Anatomy of or denoting a layer of epithelium consisting of very thin flattened cells. 3》 Anatomy denoting the flat portion of the temporal bone which forms part of the side of… …   English new terms dictionary

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