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[den-yoo-dey-shuh n, dee-noo-, -nyoo-]
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  1. the act of denuding.
  2. the state of being denuded.
  3. Geology. the exposing or laying bare of rock by erosive processes.
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Origin of denudation

1575–85; < Late Latin dēnūdātiōn- (stem of dēnūdātiō), equivalent to Latin dēnūdāt(us) (see denudate) + -iōn- -ion
Related formsden·u·da·tion·al, adjectivede·nu·da·tive [dih-noo-duh-tiv, -nyoo-] /dɪˈnu də tɪv, -ˈnyu-/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for denudation

Historical Examples

  • How little he could ever have grappled with the subject of denudation!

    The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, Volume II (of II)

    Charles Darwin

  • The denudation of the hills led to terrible floods along the rivers.

    The New Nation

    Frederic L. Paxson

  • I am more struck with his remarks on denudation than you seem to be.

  • As I have said, the denudation of Armenia accounts, perhaps, for the destruction of Irak.

  • Rosmersholm and the Rosmer ideals had begun their work of denudation and disintegration.


    James Huneker

Word Origin and History for denudation


early 15c., from Middle French dénudation, from Latin denudationem (nominative denudatio), noun of action from past participle stem of denudare (see denude). Figurative use is from 1590s. In geology, from 1811.

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denudation in Medicine


(dē′nōō-dāshən, dĕn′yu-)
  1. The removal of a covering or surface layer.
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