AskDefine | Define squama

Dictionary Definition

squama n : a protective structure resembling a scale [also: squamae (pl)]

User Contributed Dictionary

Italian

Pronunciation

  • ˈskwama

Noun

  1. scale (keratin piece covering the skin of reptiles and fishes)

Extensive Definition

Squama (or Squamous ) refers to a structure shaped like the scale of a fish. More specifically, it can refer to:
Squamous epithelium refers to epithelium, e.g. the skin, composed of squamous cells.
See also:
squama in German: Schuppe
squama in Slovak: Šupina
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