exfoliate

verb
ex·​fo·​li·​ate | \ (ˌ)eks-ˈfō-lē-ˌāt How to pronounce exfoliate (audio) \
exfoliated; exfoliating

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

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Other Words from exfoliate

exfoliation \ (ˌ)eks-​ˌfō-​lē-​ˈā-​shən How to pronounce exfoliation (audio) \ noun
exfoliative \ eks-​ˈfō-​lē-​ˌā-​tiv How to pronounce exfoliative (audio) \ adjective

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Examples of exfoliate in a Sentence

a soap that promises to help me exfoliate all that dry, flaky skin I've apparently been carrying around
Recent Examples on the Web It’s on sale for 42 percent off at $109, and can exfoliate dead skin cells that cause issues such as blackheads, inflammation and acne breakouts. Popular Science, "These 9 premier self-care products are on sale now," 17 Nov. 2020 The Conscious Coconut Home Bath Bundle comes with a jar of organic coconut oil and a dry brushing tool to exfoliate rough skin. Nykia Spradley, Allure, "23 Gifts for New Moms That'll Make Life Easier," 7 Nov. 2020 The balm features vitamin E and watermelon extract to exfoliate and hydrate chapped lips while leaving a natural pink flush. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "15 Must-Have Items to Shop at Sephora's Holiday Savings Event," 4 Nov. 2020 An in-office, 20 to 30 percent salicylic-acid peel is one of the best ways to exfoliate the skin. Julie Ricevuto, Allure, "The Science of Beauty: A Complete Guide for Smaller-Looking Pores," 29 Oct. 2020 Many products contain alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) to slough away pore cloggers and exfoliate the top layer of your skin, but these can be irritating. Audrey Noble, Seventeen, "How to Figure Out Your Skin Type—And Why You Should Care," 26 Oct. 2020 Brushing every day, regardless of your hair texture, will also help exfoliate the scalp and remove dead hair. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Make Your Hair Grow Thicker, According to Experts," 19 Oct. 2020 The coarse texture of the ground oats will gently exfoliate away excess dirt and oils. Chelsea Hall, Marie Claire, "Try a DIY Turmeric and Honey Mask for Clear, Radiant Skin," 12 Oct. 2020 There are options for every budget, lifestyle, and skin type from brands such as Flamingo, Billie, and Eos — just make sure to exfoliate beforehand and moisturize afterward, per Engelman's advice. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, "The 9 Best Shaving Creams for Silky-Smooth Skin," 3 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of exfoliate

1612, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for exfoliate

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

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20 Nov 2020

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“Exfoliate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exfoliate. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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exfoliate

verb
ex·​fo·​li·​ate | \ -ˈfō-lē-ˌāt How to pronounce exfoliate (audio) \
exfoliated; exfoliating

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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