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desquamate

[des-kwuh-meyt] /ˈdɛs kwəˌmeɪt/
verb (used without object), desquamated, desquamating. Pathology
1.
to come off in scales, as the skin in certain diseases; peel off.
Origin
1720-1730
1720-30; < Latin dēsquāmātus (past participle of dēsquāmāre to remove scales from). See de-, squamate
Related forms
desquamation, noun
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Examples from the web for desquamation
  • Photos showing dry desquamation of skin after accidental radiation exposure.
  • Photos of skin blister and and desquamation after radiation accident.
British Dictionary definitions for desquamation

desquamate

/ˈdɛskwəˌmeɪt/
verb
1.
(intransitive) (esp of the skin in certain diseases) to peel or come off in scales
Derived Forms
desquamation, noun
Word Origin
C18: from Latin dēsquāmāre to scale off, from de- + squāma a scale
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desquamation in Medicine

desquamate des·qua·mate (děs'kwə-māt')
v. des·qua·mat·ed, des·qua·mat·ing, des·qua·mates
To shed, peel, or come off in scales. Used of skin.

desquamation des·qua·ma·tion (děs'kwə-mā'shən)
n.

  1. The shedding or peeling of the epidermis in scales.

  2. The shedding of the outer layer of a surface.

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