[ ek-duh-sis ]

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.

Origin of ecdysis

1850–55; <New Latin <Greek ékdysis a getting out, equivalent to ek-ec- + (ein) to enter + -sis-sis

Other words from ecdysis

  • ec·dys·i·al [ek-diz-ee-uhl, -dizh-, -dizh-uhl], /ɛkˈdɪz i əl, -ˈdɪʒ-, -ˈdɪʒ əl/, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for ecdysis


/ (ˈɛkdɪsɪs) /

nounplural -ses (-ˌsiːz)
  1. the periodic shedding of the cuticle in insects and other arthropods or the outer epidermal layer in reptiles: See also ecdysone

Origin of ecdysis

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

Derived forms of ecdysis

  • ecdysial, adjective

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