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exfoliate

verb ex·fo·li·ate \(ˌ)eks-ˈfō-lē-ˌāt\
ex·fo·li·at·edex·fo·li·at·ing

Definition of EXFOLIATE

transitive verb
1
:  to cast off in scales, laminae, or splinters
2
:  to remove the surface of in scales or laminae
3
:  to spread or extend by or as if by opening out leaves
intransitive verb
1
:  to split into or give off scales, laminae, or body cells
2
:  to come off in thin layers or scales
3
:  to grow by or as if by producing or unfolding leaves
ex·fo·li·a·tion \(ˌ)eks-ˌfō-lē-ˈā-shən\ noun
ex·fo·li·a·tive \eks-ˈfō-lē-ˌā-tiv\ adjective

Examples of EXFOLIATE

  1. <a soap that promises to help me exfoliate all that dry, flaky skin I've apparently been carrying around>

Origin of EXFOLIATE

Late Latin exfoliatus, past participle of exfoliare to strip of leaves, from Latin ex- + folium leaf — more at blade
First Known Use: 1612

Rhymes with EXFOLIATE

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exfoliate

verb ex·fo·li·ate \-ˈfō-lē-ˌāt\   (Medical Dictionary)
ex·fo·li·at·edex·fo·li·at·ing

Medical Definition of EXFOLIATE

transitive verb
1
:  to cast off in scales or laminae
2
:  to remove the surface of in scales or laminae
3
:  to shed (teeth) by exfoliation
intransitive verb
1
:  to split into or give off scales, laminae, or body cells
2
:  to come off in thin layers or scales :  scale off

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