Definitions of fossa

  1. largest carnivore of Madagascar; intermediate in some respects between cats and civets Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a concavity in a surface (especially an anatomical depression) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. monotypic genus of Madagascar civets closely related to palm civets Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. A pit, groove, cavity, or depression, of greater or less depth; as, the temporal fossa on the side of the skull; the nasal fossae containing the nostrils in most birds. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. 1. A depression usually more or less longitudinal in shape, below the level of the surface of a part. 2. In dentistry, the concave lingual surface of an incisor or canine tooth, or the depression in the grinding (occlusal) surface of a premolar or molar. A practical medical dictionary. By Stedman, Thomas Lathrop. Published 1920.
  6. A channel; cavity; hollow. Warner's pocket medical dictionary of today. By William R. Warner. Published 1898.
  7. A ditch or trench-like depression. A dictionary of scientific terms. By Henderson, I. F.; Henderson, W. D. Published 1920.
  8. [Latin] A pit or trench-like depression. na
  9. In the civil law. A ditch; a receptacle of water, made by hand. Dig. 43, 14,1, 5.In old English law. A ditch. A pit full of water, in which women committing felony were drowned. A grave or sepulcher. Spelman. thelawdictionary.org
  10. fos'a, n. (anat.) a pit or depression in a body, esp. that in an animal integument forming a point of attachment for an organ.--n. FOSSETTE', a dimple or small depression. [L., a ditch.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  11. A cavity of greater or less depth, the entrance to which is always larger than the base. The fossae of bones have been called simple, when they belong to one bone only, as the parietal fossae; and compound, (F.) Fosses composees, when several concur in their formation, as the orbitar fossae, temporal fossa, &c. Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  12. A pit, depression, trench, fovea, or hollow. American pocket medical dictionary.