exfoliate

verb ex·fo·li·ate \ (ˌ)eks-ˈfō-lē-ˌāt \
Updated on: 10 Dec 2017

Definition of exfoliate

exfoliated; exfoliating
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

exfoliation

play \(ˌ)eks-ˌfō-lē-ˈā-shən\ noun

exfoliative

play \eks-ˈfō-lē-ˌā-tiv\ adjective

Examples of exfoliate in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of exfoliate

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

exfoliate Synonyms

Synonyms
shed, molt, slip, slough (also sluff)
Related Words
flake, peel, scale; chuck, discard, ditch, fling (off or away), jettison, junk, scrap, shuck (off), throw away, throw out, unload

Medical Dictionary

exfoliate

verb ex·fo·li·ate \ -ˈfō-lē-ˌāt \

medical Definition of exfoliate

exfoliated; exfoliating
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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