squamous

[skwey-muhs]
adjective
1.
covered with or formed of squamae or scales.
Also, squamosal, squamose [skwey-mohs, skwuh-mohs] .


Origin:
1535–45; < Latin squāmōsus. See squama, -ous

squamously, squamosely, adverb
squamousness, squamoseness, noun
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squamous or squamose (ˈskweɪməs, ˈskweɪməʊs)
 
adj
1.  (of epithelium) consisting of one or more layers of flat platelike cells
2.  covered with, formed of, or resembling scales
 
[C16: from Latin squāmōsus, from squāma a scale]
 
squamose or squamose
 
adj
 
[C16: from Latin squāmōsus, from squāma a scale]
 
'squamously or squamose
 
adv
 
'squamosely or squamose
 
adv
 
'squamousness or squamose
 
n
 
'squamoseness or squamose
 
n

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squamous
1540s, from L. squamosus "covered with scales, scaly," from squama "scale," perhaps related to squalus "foul, filthy" (see squalid). M.E. had squame (late 14c.) "a scale," from O.Fr. esquame, from L. squama.
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squamous squa·mous (skwā'məs, skwä'-) or squa·mose (-mōs')
adj.

  1. Covered with or formed of scales; scaly.

  2. Resembling a scale or scales; thin and flat.

  3. Squamosal.


squa'mous·ness n.
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Example sentences
It is lined by stratified squamous epithelium, which becomes transitional near
  the bladder.
The epithelium covering the mucous membrane is of the stratified squamous
  variety.
Invasive squamous cell carcinoma in epithelial tissue from a human mouth.
It's a candy store for hypochondriacs, where a sniffle can spell pneumococcal,
  an itch can mean squamous carcinoma.
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