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.

Nearby words

  1. eccrisis,
  2. eccritic,
  3. eccyesis,
  4. ecdemic,
  5. ecdysiast,
  6. ecdysone,
  7. ecesis,
  8. ecevit,
  9. ecevit, bülent,
  10. ecf

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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 Formsecdysial, 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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