Definition of squamous in English:

squamous

Line breaks: squa|mous
Pronunciation: /ˈskweɪməs
 
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adjective

  • 1Covered with or characterized by scales: a squamous black hide
  • 1.1 Anatomy Relating to, consisting of, or denoting a layer of epithelium that consists of very thin flattened cells: squamous cell carcinoma
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    • In some areas, the glandular epithelium showed squamous and transitional cell metaplasia.
    • These cells, about 40 m in diameter and termed primary oocytes, are enclosed within a single layer of squamous cells, forming a primordial follicle.
    • Differential cell counts were made by examining 500 nucleated cells, excluding squamous and bronchial epithelial cells.
  • 1.2 [attributive] Anatomy Denoting the flat portion of the temporal bone which forms part of the side of the skull.
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    • The squamous part of the temporal bone may exhibit a sizable, extra process just anterior to the external acoustic meatus, called the postglenoid process.

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin squamosus, from squama 'scale'.

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