ex foliation


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

1670–80; Neo-Latin exfoliātiōn- (stem of exfoliātiō). See exfoliate, -ion

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exfoliation ex·fo·li·a·tion (ěks-fō'lē-ā'shən)

  1. Detachment and shedding of superficial cells of an epithelium or a tissue surface.

  2. Scaling or desquamation of the horny layer of epidermis.

  3. Loss of deciduous teeth following physiological loss of root structure.

  4. Extrusion of permanent teeth as a result of disease or loss of opposing teeth.

ex·fo'li·ate' v.
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exfoliation   (ěks-fō'lē-ā'shən)  Pronunciation Key 
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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