[ ek-duh-sis ]
/ ˈɛk də sɪs /

noun, plural ec·dy·ses [ek-duh-seez] /ˈɛk dəˌsiz/.

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


ec·dys·i·al [ek-diz-ee-uh l, -dizh-, -dizh-uh l] /ɛkˈdɪz i əl, -ˈdɪʒ-, -ˈdɪʒ əl/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for ecdysis

/ (ˈɛkdɪsɪs) /

noun plural -ses (-ˌsiːz)

the periodic shedding of the cuticle in insects and other arthropods or the outer epidermal layer in reptilesSee also ecdysone

Derived forms of ecdysis

ecdysial, adjective

Word Origin for ecdysis

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