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[des-kwuh-meyt] /ˈdɛs kwəˌmeɪt/
verb (used without object), desquamated, desquamating. Pathology.
to come off in scales, as the skin in certain diseases; peel off.
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
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(intransitive) (esp of the skin in certain diseases) to peel or come off in scales
Derived Forms
desquamation, noun
Word Origin
C18: from Latin dēsquāmāre to scale off, from de- + squāma a scale
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desquamation in Medicine

desquamation des·qua·ma·tion (děs'kwə-mā'shən)

  1. The shedding or peeling of the epidermis in scales.

  2. The shedding of the outer layer of a surface.

desquamate des·qua·mate (děs'kwə-māt')
v. des·qua·mat·ed, des·qua·mat·ing, des·qua·mates
To shed, peel, or come off in scales. Used of skin.

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