squama

squama

[skwey-muh]
noun, plural squamae [skwey-mee] .
a scale or scalelike part, as of epidermis or bone.

Origin:
1700–10; < Latin squāma scale

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squama (ˈskweɪmə)
 
n , pl -mae
biology a scale or scalelike structure
 
[C18: from Latin]
 
squamate
 
adj

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squama squa·ma (skwā'mə, skwä'-)
n. pl. squa·mae (-mē')

  1. A thin platelike mass, as of bone.

  2. A scale or scalelike structure.


squa'mate' (-māt') adj.
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