Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Of or relating to the thin, platelike part of the human temporal bone or to a corresponding part in other vertebrates.
  • noun A squamosal bone.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Scale-like or squamous: noting only the squamosal, See II.
  • noun In zoology and anatomy, the squamous division of the temporal bone; the thin, expansive, scale-like element of the compound temporal bone; a membrane-bone, morphologically distinct from other parts of the temporal, filling a gap in the cranial walls, articulating in man and mammals with the lower jaw, in birds and reptiles with the suspensorium (quadrate bone) of the lower jaw, effecting squamous suture with various cranial bones, and forming by its zygomatic process in mammals a part of the zygoma, or jugal bar.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Scalelike; squamous.
  • adjective Of or pertaining to the squamosal bone.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective anatomy Of or pertaining to the platelike part of the temporal bone

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From Latin squāmōsus, squamous; see squamous.]

Examples

  • The squamosal-parietal contact isn't exactly right, which I tried to fix in the final version.

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  • The squamosal-parietal contact isn't exactly right, which I tried to fix in the final version.

    Life's Time Capsule: The Ceratopsians Gallery

  • Only the raised bar along the squamosal/parietal suture, present in T. latus; and the midline epiparietal, absent in T. latus, may discriminate the two species.

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  • Anyway, within this group, an affinity between Aldabrachampsus and ‘Crocodylus’ robustus is particularly plausible given that both taxa share a vaulted palate and large squamosal crests.

    Even more recently extinct, island dwelling crocodilians

  • A few cranial elements are preserved, including parts of a parietal, squamosal, maxilla, and two dentaries.

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  • Only the raised bar along the squamosal/parietal suture, present in T. latus; and the midline epiparietal, absent in T. latus, may discriminate the two species.

    Finally.....

  • However, its most obvious feature would almost certainly have been the convex crests that grew from the dorsolateral edges of the squamosal bones at the back of its skull.

    Archive 2006-09-01

  • However, its most obvious feature would almost certainly have been the convex crests that grew from the dorsolateral edges of the squamosal bones at the back of its skull.

    Even more recently extinct, island dwelling crocodilians

  • Anyway, within this group, an affinity between Aldabrachampsus and ‘Crocodylus’ robustus is particularly plausible given that both taxa share a vaulted palate and large squamosal crests.

    Archive 2006-09-01

  • A few cranial elements are preserved, including parts of a parietal, squamosal, maxilla, and two dentaries.

    Finally.....

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