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 (skwā′məs, skwä′-) also squa·mose (-mōs′)
1. Covered with or formed of scales; scaly.
2. Resembling a scale or scales; thin and flat like a scale: the squamous cells of the cervix.
3. Of or relating to the thin, platelike part of the temporal bone.

[Latin squāmōsus, from squāma, scale.]

squa′mous·ly adv.
squa′mous·ness n.
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