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ecdysis

[ek-duh-sis]
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noun, plural ec·dy·ses [ek-duh-seez] /ˈɛk dəˌsiz/.
  1. the shedding or casting off of an outer coat or integument by snakes, crustaceans, etc.
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Origin of ecdysis

1850–55; < New Latin < Greek ékdysis a getting out, equivalent to ek- ec- + dý(ein) to enter + -sis -sis
Related formsec·dys·i·al [ek-diz-ee-uh l, -dizh-, -dizh-uh l] /ɛkˈdɪz i əl, -ˈdɪʒ-, -ˈdɪʒ əl/, adjective
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ecdysis

noun plural -ses (-ˌsiːz)
  1. the periodic shedding of the cuticle in insects and other arthropods or the outer epidermal layer in reptilesSee also ecdysone
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Derived Formsecdysial, adjective

Word Origin

C19: New Latin, from Greek ekdusis, from ekduein to strip, from ek- ex- 1 + duein to put on
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