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desquamate

[des-kwuh-meyt]
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verb (used without object), des·qua·mat·ed, des·qua·mat·ing. Pathology.
  1. to come off in scales, as the skin in certain diseases; peel off.
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Origin of desquamate

First recorded in 1720–30, desquamate is from the Latin word dēsquāmātus (past participle of dēsquāmāre to remove scales from). See de-, squamate
Related formsdes·qua·ma·tion, noun
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desquamate

verb
  1. (intr) (esp of the skin in certain diseases) to peel or come off in scales
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Derived Formsdesquamation, noun

Word Origin

C18: from Latin dēsquāmāre to scale off, from de- + squāma a scale
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desquamation in Medicine

desquamation

(dĕs′kwə-māshən)
n.
  1. The shedding or peeling of the epidermis in scales.
  2. The shedding of the outer layer of a surface.
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desquamate

(dĕskwə-māt′)
v.
  1. To shed, peel, or come off in scales. Used of skin.
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