[ des-kwuh-meyt ]
/ ˈdɛs kwəˌmeɪt /

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

First recorded in 1720–30, desquamate is from the Latin word dēsquāmātus (past participle of dēsquāmāre to remove scales from). See de-, squamate
Related formsdes·qua·ma·tion, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for desquamate


/ (ˈdɛskwəˌmeɪt) /


(intr) (esp of the skin in certain diseases) to peel or come off in scales
Derived Formsdesquamation, noun

Word Origin for desquamate

C18: from Latin dēsquāmāre to scale off, from de- + squāma a scale
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Medicine definitions for desquamate


[ dĕskwə-māt′ ]


To shed, peel, or come off in scales. Used of skin.
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