Origin of exfoliation
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Old enough to know that this exfoliation is entirely natural.Way of the Lawless
An exfoliation of the rock itself, you would call the houses that seem to grow there, so identical is the colour and character.The Letters of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1 of 2)
Frederic G. Kenyon
But the age has fairly outgrown them, and they are falling away by a natural process of exfoliation.The Works of Whittier, Volume V (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
The surface retains much of the original polish, but exfoliation has commenced on one side.Art in Shell of the Ancient Americans
William H. Holmes
The general color of the trunk is orange-brown, the new bark, exposed by exfoliation, is yellow.American Forest Trees
Henry H. Gibson
Word Origin and History for exfoliation
early 15c., noun of action from Latin exfoliare (see exfoliate).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Detachment and shedding of superficial cells of an epithelium or a tissue surface.
- Scaling or desquamation of the horny layer of epidermis.
- Loss of deciduous teeth following physiological loss of root structure.
- Extrusion of permanent teeth as a result of disease or loss of opposing teeth.
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- The process in which layers of tissue peel or are peeled off an organism, such as the distinctive ways in which bark peels off a tree in strips or flakes.
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