exfoliate

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verb ex·fo·li·ate \(ˌ)eks-ˈfō-lē-ˌāt\

Definition of exfoliate

exfoliated

;

exfoliating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to cast off in scales, laminae, or splinters

  3. 2 :  to remove the surface of in scales or laminae

  4. 3 :  to spread or extend by or as if by opening out leaves

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to split into or give off scales, laminae, or body cells

  7. 2 :  to come off in thin layers or scales

  8. 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


First Known Use: 1612


Medical Dictionary

exfoliate

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verb ex·fo·li·ate \-ˈfō-lē-ˌāt\

Medical Definition of exfoliate

exfoliated

;

exfoliating

  1. 1

  2. transitive verb

  3. :  to cast off in scales or laminae

  4. 2:  to remove the surface of in scales or laminae

  5. 3:  to shed (teeth) by exfoliation

  6. 1

  7. intransitive verb

  8. :  to split into or give off scales, laminae, or body cells

  9. 2:  to come off in thin layers or scales :  scale off



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