- to split or swell into a scaly aggregate, as certain minerals when heated.
- to separate into rudely concentric layers or sheets, as certain rocks during weathering.
Origin of exfoliate
OTHER WORDS FROM exfoliateex·fo·li·a·tive [eks-foh-lee-ey-tiv, -uh-tiv], /ɛksˈfoʊ liˌeɪ tɪv, -ə tɪv/, adjective
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How to use exfoliate in a sentence
When we exfoliate, we use hydroxy acids and enzymes to break the bonds that hold the cells together, which is what we don’t want.
Because it’s easy to over-exfoliate at home, some dermatologists prefer in-office treatments, seeing the latter as a controlled burn compared with a wildfire.
“Our skin cells naturally exfoliate on their own,” said Chicago-based dermatologist Caroline Robinson.
While, again, exfoliating your body isn’t necessary, Hirsh said hands, feet and sometimes arms and legs can benefit from regular exfoliation.
There is no soil, but those towels are contaminated with dead skin cells that the towel has exfoliated.Hints From Heloise: Reader isn’t in the tank for tankless water heater|Heloise Heloise|March 25, 2021|Washington Post
“I enjoy dating beardy blokes because you get to kiss and exfoliate at the same time,” she quips to The Daily Beast.
The loch having been drained away, we proceeded to exfoliate the crannog.Trees. A Woodland Notebook|Herbert Maxwell
A layer of the exposed surface of bone will probably exfoliate, and the wound granulate and become closed without further trouble.A Treatise on Gunshot Wounds|Thomas Longmore