• WordNet 3.6
    • n fossa largest carnivore of Madagascar; intermediate in some respects between cats and civets
    • n Fossa monotypic genus of Madagascar civets closely related to palm civets
    • n fossa a concavity in a surface (especially an anatomical depression)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Fossa (Anat) A pit, groove, cavity, or depression, of greater or less depth; as, the temporal fossa on the side of the skull; the nasal fossæ containing the nostrils in most birds.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n fossa In anatomy, a foss, pit, depression, or hollow of some kind in any structure, specified by a qualifying term.
    • n fossa In zoology, a deep pit or depression in the hard integument of an animal, often opening into the interior cavity of the body and serving for the point of attachment of an organ: as, the antennary fossa of an insect.
    • n fossa See the adjectives.
    • n fossa A depressed space between the posterior commissure of the vulva and the fourchette.
    • n fossa The surface by which the temporal bone articulates with the lower jaw; improperly extended in human anatomy to include the whole of the smooth surface of the vaginal process behind the Glaserian fissure, in relation with the parotid gland, and not concerned in the temporomaxillary articulation. See cut under skull.
    • n fossa The innominate fossa of the outer ear; the groove between the helix and the antihelix; the fossa of the helix. See second cut under ear.
    • n fossa In zoology, a genus of Madagascan viverrine quadrupeds, allied to the genets. F. daubentoni is the tambasading or fossa, a grayish-black animal, whitish below, striped and spotted above, and with the tail half-ringed.
    • n fossa [lowercase] The species of this genus, formerly called Genetta fossa.
    • n fossa The pit of the stomach.
    • n fossa A depression in the hyaloid membrane of the eye on a level with the entrance of the optic nerve.
    • n fossa See supraclaticular.
    • n fossa The depression between the sternal and the clavicular origins of the sternomastoid muscle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Fossa fos′a (anat.) a pit or depression in a body, esp. that in an animal integument forming a point of attachment for an organ
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., a ditch. See Fosse
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L., a ditch.


In literature:

Green mentions a case of stab-wound in the suprasternal fossa.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
Centum pedes lata fossa 30. alta.
"The Anatomy of Melancholy" by Democritus Junior
The NASAL FOSSAE, or nostrils, are two irregular, compressed cavities, extending from the nose to the pharynx.
"A Treatise on Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene (Revised Edition)" by Calvin Cutter
A lateral process separates the orbit from the subtemporal fossa.
"A New Order of Fishlike Amphibia From the Pennsylvanian of Kansas" by Theodore H. Eaton
He said that "Gulielmi Pitt" should have been "Gulielmi Fossae.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
Magnanimus ille princeps eos instar tyranni oppressit, Et Anglorum cumulos in fossa truncavit.
"Some Specimens of the Poetry of the Ancient Welsh Bards" by Evan Evans
The glenoid fossa for the lower jaw, a shallow oval facet, with its long diameter from before backwards.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 10" by Various
A fourth vacuity is known as the temporal fossa.
"Dragons of the Air" by H. G. Seeley
Occasionally it would appear that the inflammation begins in the throat, and reaches the face through the nasal fossae.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 7" by Various
The temporal fossae becomes deeper, the jaw-bones more massive, the eyes lie in deep approximated sockets.
"Degeneracy" by Eugene S. Talbot

In news:

Long-term follow-up of a multiloculated arachnoid cyst of the middle cranial fossa.
An ovoid density projects over the olecranon fossa on the anterioposterior (AP) view (Figure 2).
Danvers — Dorothy J (Linsdau) Fossa , 78, of Danvers passed peacefully on Wednesday, September 26, 2012, at Kaplan Family Hospice House in Danvers, following a lengthy illness.
Myxoid/round cell liposarcoma of the supraclavicular fossa .
Hear Luke Dollar's imitation of a fossa growl in RealAudio 56k ISDN.
Get RealPlayer software May 25, 2000 Fossa .
Luke Dollar holds a fossa .
Although herniation of parapharyngeal fat into the tonsillar fossa during a tonsillectomy is uncommon, such deftects need to be closed when they occur.
Steatocystoma simplex of the infratemporal fossa: An uncommon location for a rare entity.
Malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor of the infratemporal fossa with intracranial extension.
An abscess in the infratemporal fossa is a rare complication of dental extraction.
So do Greg Cadaret and Tony Fossas.
With pitchers and catchers in spring training, Cadaret is in the Los Angeles Dodgers' camp and Fossas is in the Texas Rangers' camp.
In this article, we report a case of myxoid liposarcoma of the supraclavicular fossa with a fulminant course.
Myxoid /round cell liposarcoma of the supraclavicular fossa.