ecdysis

noun
ec·dy·sis | \ˈek-də-səs \
plural ecdyses\ˈek-də-ˌsēz \

Definition of ecdysis 

: the act of molting or shedding an outer cuticular layer

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Growing larger causes spiders to molt, a process called ecdysis, Jo-Anne Sewlal, an arachnologist at the University of the West Indies, says via email. Liz Langley, National Geographic, "Watch This Huge Tarantula Wriggle Out of Its Skin," 22 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of ecdysis

circa 1854, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ecdysis

New Latin, from Greek ekdysis act of getting out, from ekdyein to strip, from ex- + dyein to enter, don

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ecdysis

noun
ec·dy·sis | \ˈek-də-səs \
plural ecdyses\-də-ˌsēz \

Medical Definition of ecdysis 

: the act of molting or shedding an outer cuticular layer (as in insects and crustaceans)

Other Words from ecdysis

ecdysial \ek-ˈdiz-ē-əl, -ˈdizh-(ē-)əl \ adjective

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