Medical Definition of Squamous cells

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Squamous cells: Flat cells that look like fish scales. The word "squamous" came from the Latin squama meaning "the scale of a fish or serpent."

We have a lot of squamous cells. They make up most of the cells in the outer layer of the skin (the epidermis), the passages of the respiratory and digestive tracts, and the linings of the hollow organs of the body. We are more fish-like (or serpent-like) than we may think.

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Reviewed on 12/27/2018

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