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.

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  • 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

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  • squamous cell — n a cell of or derived from squamous epithelium * * * a flat, scalelike epithelial cell …   Medical dictionary

  • squamous cell carcinoma — n a carcinoma that is made up of or arises from squamous cells and usu. occurs in areas of the body exposed to strong sunlight over a period of many years …   Medical dictionary

  • squamous hyperplasia — squamous cell hyperplasia thickening of vulval tissue, often owing to chronic irritation such as from a chemical agent, allergic condition, or physical irritation; it may also be secondary to a vulval condition such as lichen sclerosus. Called… …   Medical dictionary

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