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 (skwā′mə, skwä′-)
n. pl. squa·mae (-mē′)
1. A scale or scalelike structure.
2. A thin platelike mass, as of bone.

[Latin squāma.]


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


(ˈskweɪ mə)

n., pl. -mae (-mē).
a scale or scalelike part, as of epidermis or bone.
[1700–10; < Latin squāma scale]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.squama - a protective structure resembling a scalesquama - a protective structure resembling a scale
scale - a flattened rigid plate forming part of the body covering of many animals
alula, calypter - scalelike structure between the base of the wing and the halter of a two-winged fly
References in periodicals archive ?
Longitudinally incise the temporal muscle and retract it to both sides to expose the temporal bone squama.
Thickening of the squama of the frontal bone was evident as well as hyper-pneumatization of the left frontal sinus (Figures IB and 1C).
12] Other areas of erosion include the tegmen tympani, the bony plate covering the sigmoid sinus, the squama of the temporal bone and rarely the vestibular labyrinth.
Wings: Second basal cell 50% micrptrichose; costal cells yellowish color; squama white with long hairs on margins