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ecdysis

[ek-duh-sis] /ˈɛk də sɪs/
noun, plural ecdyses
[ek-duh-seez] /ˈɛk dəˌsiz/ (Show IPA)
1.
the shedding or casting off of an outer coat or integument by snakes, crustaceans, etc.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55; < Neo-Latin < Greek ékdysis a getting out, equivalent to ek- ec- + (ein) to enter + -sis -sis
Related forms
ecdysial
[ek-diz-ee-uh l, -dizh-, -dizh-uh l] /ɛkˈdɪz i əl, -ˈdɪʒ-, -ˈdɪʒ əl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ecdysial

ecdysis

/ˈɛkdɪsɪs/
noun (pl) -ses (-ˌsiːz)
1.
the periodic shedding of the cuticle in insects and other arthropods or the outer epidermal layer in reptiles See also ecdysone
Derived Forms
ecdysial, adjective
Word Origin
C19: New Latin, from Greek ekdusis, from ekduein to strip, from ek-ex-1 + duein to put on
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