- to come off in scales, as the skin in certain diseases; peel off.
Origin of desquamate
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About the eighth day the rash begins to scale or desquamate.The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.)
- (intr) (esp of the skin in certain diseases) to peel or come off in scales
C18: from Latin dēsquāmāre to scale off, from de- + squāma a scale
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- To shed, peel, or come off in scales. Used of skin.
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