noun (plural fossae ˈfɒsiː)Anatomy
A shallow depression or hollow.
- After pre-operative embolisation, the tumour was resected from the infratemporal and pterygopalatine fossae, sphenoid sinus, nasopharynx, nasal cavity and maxillary antrum.
- Older children and adults experience ‘hot and sweaty fossae and folds’ involving flexor surfaces such as the antecubital and popliteal fossae, as well as the flexor wrists and ankles.
- They occupy the ovarian fossae on the lateral pelvic wall.
Mid 17th century: from Latin, literally 'ditch', feminine past participle of fodere 'to dig'.
Words that rhyme with fossaBarbarossa, dosser, embosser, glosser, josser, Ossa, Saragossa
A large nocturnal reddish-brown catlike mammal of the civet family, found in the rainforests of Madagascar.
- Cryptoprocta ferox, family Viverridae
- Catlike predators with long tails, fossas hunt everything from lemurs and mice to wild pigs.
- The explanation for the strange appearance of fossas and other Madagascar animals goes back some 160 million years ago in geologic time.
- Their big ears help them search for food and hear such enemies as catlike fossas.
Mid 19th century: from Malagasy fosa.
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