verb (used without object), des·qua·mat·ed, des·qua·mat·ing. Pathology.
to come off in scales, as the skin in certain diseases; peel off.
Origin of desquamate
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Related Words for desquamateexfoliate, sliver, shave, pare, scale, flay, strip, decorticate, flake, skin, uncover, shed, doff, blister, trim, chip, drop, slice, scab, delaminate
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Historical Examples of desquamate
About the eighth day the rash begins to scale or desquamate.The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.)
(intr) (esp of the skin in certain diseases) to peel or come off in scales
Word Origin for desquamate
C18: from Latin dēsquāmāre to scale off, from de- + squāma a scale
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To shed, peel, or come off in scales. Used of skin.
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