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fos·sa 1

 (fŏs′ə)
n. pl. fos·sae (fŏs′ē′) Anatomy
A small cavity or depression, as in a bone.

[Latin, ditch, from feminine past participle of fodere, to dig.]

fos′sate′ (fŏs′āt′) adj.

fos·sa 2

 (fŏs′ə)
n.
A catlike carnivorous mammal (Cryptoprocta ferox) of Madagascar, having reddish-brown fur, a long tail, long whiskers, and retractile claws.

[Malagasy fosa.]
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fossa

(ˈfɒsə)
n, pl -sae (-siː)
(Anatomy) an anatomical depression, trench, or hollow area
[C19: from Latin: ditch, from fossus dug up, from fodere to dig up]

fossa

(ˈfɒsə)
n
(Animals) a large primitive catlike viverrine mammal, Cryptoprocta ferox, inhabiting the forests of Madagascar: order Carnivora (carnivores). It has thick reddish-brown fur and preys on lemurs, poultry, etc
[from Malagasy]
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fos•sa1

(ˈfɒs ə)

n., pl. fos•sae (ˈfɒs i)
a pit, cavity, or depression, as in a bone.
[1820–30; < Latin: ditch, fosse, short for fossa (terra) dug or dug out (earth), n. use of feminine of fossus, past participle of fodere to dig]

fos•sa2

(ˈfɒs ə)

n., pl. -sas.
a large viverrid carnivore, Cryptoprocta ferox, of Madagascar. Also called fos′sa cat`.
[1830–40; < Malagasy]
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fossa

A shallow depression.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fossa - a concavity in a surface (especially an anatomical depression)fossa - a concavity in a surface (especially an anatomical depression)
glenoid cavity, glenoid fossa - the concavity in the head of the scapula that receives the head of the humerus to form the shoulder joint
glenoid fossa, mandibular fossa - a deep concavity in the temporal bone at the root of the zygomatic arch that receives the condyle of the mandible
bodily cavity, cavum, cavity - (anatomy) a natural hollow or sinus within the body
epigastric fossa, pit of the stomach - a slight depression in the midline just below the sternum (where a blow can affect the solar plexus)
concave shape, concavity, incurvation, incurvature - a shape that curves or bends inward
2.Fossa - monotypic genus of Madagascar civets closely related to palm civets
mammal genus - a genus of mammals
fanaloka, Fossa fossa - civet of Madagascar
3.fossa - largest carnivore of Madagascarfossa - largest carnivore of Madagascar; intermediate in some respects between cats and civets
viverrine, viverrine mammal - small cat-like predatory mammals of warmer parts of the Old World
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Translations

fos·sa

n. L. fosa, cavidad, hueco, depresión;
___ glenoid___ glenoidea;
___ interpeduncular___ interpeduncular;
___ jugular___ yugular;
___ mandibular___ mandibular;
___ nasal___ nasal;
___ navicular___ navicular.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

fossa

n fosa
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References in periodicals archive ?
1C): foramen ovale (LFO-RFO); foramen lacerum (LFL-RFL); anterior tip of occipital condyle (LOC-ROC); medial external margin of the carotid canal (LCC-RCC); medial margin of jugular fossa (LJF-RJF); medial external margin of the hypoglossal canal (LHC-RHC).
They cover, anterior cranial fossa, nasal cavity, and paranasal sinuses; the sellar, parasellar, and clival region; cerebellopontine angle and jugular fossa; petroclival and lateral skull base; open and endoscopic approaches to the sinonasal cavity and skull base; post-treatment appearance following skull base therapy; and neuroendovascular procedures for skull base neoplasia.
Deepak, "Jugular fossa meningocele," Applied Radiology, vol.
The abscess extended from the external auditory canal towards the jugular fossa, carotid, and parapharyngeal compartments.
It originates at the jugular fossa as a continuation of the sigmoid sinus.
(A) Coronal T1 with contrast revealed asymmetry of the vocal cords, consistent with vocal cord dysfunction ; (B) Axial T1 without contrast demonstrated fatty infiltrates at the level of the right hemitongue reflecting denervation; (C) Axial T1 with contrast revealing an enhancing lobular mass in the right jugular fossa extending into the hypoglossal region, highly consistent with schwannoma.