noun, plural ecdyses [ek-duh-seez] .
the shedding or casting off of an outer coat or integument by snakes, crustaceans, etc.

1850–55; < Neo-Latin < Greek ékdysis a getting out, equivalent to ek- ec- + (ein) to enter + -sis -sis

ecdysial [ek-diz-ee-uhl, -dizh-, -dizh-uhl] , adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To ecdysial
World English Dictionary
ecdysis (ˈɛkdɪsɪs)
n , pl -ses
See also ecdysone the periodic shedding of the cuticle in insects and other arthropods or the outer epidermal layer in reptiles
[C19: New Latin, from Greek ekdusis, from ekduein to strip, from ek-ex-1 + duein to put on]

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Related Words
Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature