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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
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Capitula cylindrica, involucri squamae 16-17 imbricatae 6-7 seriatae ovatae vel angusto-ovatae glabrae; receptacula plana glabra; lores 3 in capitulo; corollae albae anguste infundibulares in parte inferiori extus pilosae vel glabrae, pilis glanduliferis, lobis longis extus pilosis, basibus antherarum caudatis; basibus stylorum non noduliferis pilosis; achaenia turbinata 10 costata setifera et glandulifera, carpopodia breviter cylindrica.
Skin squamae are relatively large particles (4 [micro]m-25 [micro]m), and once released or resuspended, they can transport staphylococci (Roberts et al.
Angular cranial vaults, sometimes with a flattened squamae.
Endosteal new bone reaction, a flattened area at the occipital squamae and a parietal sulcus associated with a zone of frontparietal resorption were also found.
The central core of a cholesteatoma is made up of anucleate keratin squamae.
Comments: Tego Smooth Complex is a unique blend of low and high molecular weight components that reduce skin roughness by enhancing the removal of old squamae.