exfoliation

noun

ex·​fo·​li·​a·​tion (ˌ)eks-ˌfō-lē-ˈā-shən How to pronounce exfoliation (audio)
: the action or process of exfoliating: as
a
: the peeling of the horny layer of the skin (as in some skin diseases)
b
: the shedding of surface components (as cells from internal body surfaces)
c
: the shedding of a superficial layer of bone or of a tooth or part of a tooth
exfoliative adjective

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“Exfoliation.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/exfoliation. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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