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exfoliate

[ eks-foh-lee-eyt ]
/ 蓻ks藞fo蕣 li藢e瑟t /
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verb (used with object), ex路fo路li路at路ed, ex路fo路li路at路ing.
to throw off in scales, splinters, etc.
to remove the surface of (a bone, the skin, etc.) in scales or laminae.
verb (used without object), ex路fo路li路at路ed, ex路fo路li路at路ing.
to throw off scales or flakes; peel off in thin fragments: The bark of some trees exfoliates.
Geology.
  1. to split or swell into a scaly aggregate, as certain minerals when heated.
  2. to separate into rudely concentric layers or sheets, as certain rocks during weathering.
Medicine/Medical. to separate and come off in scales, as scaling skin or any structure separating in flakes.
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Origin of exfoliate

First recorded in 1605鈥15; from Late Latin exfoli膩tus, past participle of exfoli膩re 鈥渢o strip off leaves鈥; see origin at ex-1, foliate

OTHER WORDS FROM exfoliate

ex路fo路li路a路tive [eks-foh-lee-ey-tiv, -uh-tiv], /蓻ks藞fo蕣 li藢e瑟 t瑟v, -蓹 t瑟v/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for exfoliate

exfoliate
/ (蓻ks藞f蓹蕣l瑟藢e瑟t) /

verb
(tr) to wash (a part of the body) with a granular cosmetic preparation in order to remove dead cells from the skin's surface
(of bark, skin, etc) to peel off in (layers, flakes, or scales)
(intr) (of rocks or minerals) to shed the thin outermost layer because of weathering or heating
(of some minerals, esp mica) to split or cause to split into thin flakesa factory to exfoliate vermiculite

Derived forms of exfoliate

exfoliation, nounexfoliative, adjective

Word Origin for exfoliate

C17: from Late Latin exfoli膩re to strip off leaves, from Latin folium leaf
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