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Pronunciation: skal


  1. A standardized test for measuring psychologic, personality, or behavioral characteristics.
  2. A small, thin plate of horny epithelium, resembling a fish scale, cast off from the skin.
  3. To desquamate.
  4. To remove tartar from the teeth.
  5. A device by which some property can be measured.

Synonym(s): squama

[L. scala, a stairway]

See Also: score, test

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