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[skwey-muh] /ˈskweɪ mə/
noun, plural squamae
[skwey-mee] /ˈskweɪ mi/ (Show IPA)
a scale or scalelike part, as of epidermis or bone.
Origin of squama
1700-10; < Latin squāma scale Unabridged
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noun (pl) -mae (-miː)
(biology) a scale or scalelike structure
Derived Forms
squamate (ˈskweɪmeɪt) adjective
Word Origin
C18: from Latin
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squama in Medicine

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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