[den-yoo-dey-shuh n, dee-noo-, -nyoo-]


the act of denuding.
the state of being denuded.
Geology. the exposing or laying bare of rock by erosive processes.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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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Medicine definitions for denudation


[dē′nōō-dāshən, dĕn′yu-]


The removal of a covering or surface layer.
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