desquamate

[des-kwuh-meyt]
verb (used without object), desquamated, desquamating. Pathology.
to come off in scales, as the skin in certain diseases; peel off.

Origin:
1720–30; < Latin dēsquāmātus (past participle of dēsquāmāre to remove scales from). See de-, squamate

desquamation, noun
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desquamate (ˈdɛskwəˌmeɪt)
 
vb
(intr) (esp of the skin in certain diseases) to peel or come off in scales
 
[C18: from Latin dēsquāmāre to scale off, from de- + squāma a scale]
 
desqua'mation
 
n

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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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Photos of skin blister and and desquamation after radiation accident.
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