verb (used with object), ex·fo·li·at·ed, ex·fo·li·at·ing.
verb (used without object), ex·fo·li·at·ed, ex·fo·li·at·ing.
- 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.
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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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Example sentences from the Web for exfoliate
For one thing, Directa Plus’s method of producing graphene is based on physics rather than chemistry—instead of using chemicals to grow the substance on metal, it uses extreme heat and pressure to exfoliate graphene from graphite particles.Graphene gets real: Meet the entrepreneurs bringing the wonder substance to market|David Meyer|December 13, 2020|Fortune
“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