exfoliation

[ eks-foh-lee-ey-shuhn ]
/ ɛksˌfoʊ liˈeɪ ʃən /

noun

the act, state, or process of exfoliating.
the state of being exfoliated.
something that is exfoliated or scaled off.

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Origin of exfoliation

1670–80; New Latin exfoliātiōn- (stem of exfoliātiō). See exfoliate, -ion
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Medical definitions for exfoliation

exfoliation
[ ĕks-fō′lē-āshən ]

n.

Detachment and shedding of superficial cells of an epithelium or a tissue surface.
Scaling or desquamation of the horny layer of epidermis.
Loss of deciduous teeth following physiological loss of root structure.
Extrusion of permanent teeth as a result of disease or loss of opposing teeth.

Other words from exfoliation

ex•foli•ate′ v.
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Scientific definitions for exfoliation

exfoliation
[ ĕks-fō′lē-āshən ]

The process in which layers of tissue peel or are peeled off an organism, such as the distinctive ways in which bark peels off a tree in strips or flakes.
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