Relating to or covered with scales. SYN: scaly. [L. squamosus]

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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 scalelike cells
2) resembling a scale or plate esp of, relating to, or being the thin anterior upper portion of the temporal bone

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squa·mous (skwaґməs) [L. squamosus scaly] 1. scaly. 2. resembling a squama; flattened or platelike.

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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 — 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… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 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 — 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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