fossa meaning

Pronunciation:   "fossa" in a sentence
Noun: fossa (fossae)  fósu
  1. A concavity in a surface (especially an anatomical depression)
    - pit 
  2. Largest carnivore of Madagascar; intermediate in some respects between cats and civets
    - fossa cat, Cryptoprocta ferox
Noun: Fossa
  1. Monotypic genus of Madagascar civets closely related to palm civets
    - genus Fossa

Derived forms: fossae

Type of: bodily cavity, cavity, cavum, concave shape, concavity, incurvation, incurvature, mammal genus, viverrine, viverrine mammal

Part of: family Viverridae, family Viverrinae, Viverridae, Viverrinae

Encyclopedia: Fossa Fossa, Italy

n pl fos·sae : an anatomical pit, groove, or depression ‹the temporal fossa of the skull› ‹the fossa in the liver for the gallbladder› — fos·sate adj


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  1. gliomas in children, therefore, are most common in the posterior fossa
  2. the initial mri scan failed to find anything significant in the cranial fossa
  3. discussion of overlaped ct image in cerebral function of fossa cranii posterior
  4. figure 5 . oblique scan in right iliac fossa showing the zone of transition ( arrow)
  5. unless the patient has a very sensitive bowstring sign, no pain is felt in the popliteal fossa region

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