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Meaning of EXFOLIATE

Pronunciation:  eks'fowlee`eyt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  grow by producing or unfolding leaves; of plants
  2. [v]  come off in a very thin piece
  3. [v]  remove the surface, in scales or laminae
  4. [v]  cast off in scales, laminae, or splinters
  5. [v]  spread by opening the leaves of

EXFOLIATE is a 9 letter word that starts with E.


 See Also: break away, break off, cast, cast off, chip, chip off, come off, drop, grow, open, peel off, shake off, shed, spread, spread out, throw, throw away, throw off, unfold



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ex*fo"li*ate\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Exfoliated}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Exfoliating}.] [L. exfoliare to strip of
    leaves; ex out, from + folium leaf.]
    1. To separate and come off in scales or lamin[ae], as pieces
       of carious bone or of bark.
    2. (Min.) To split into scales, especially to become
       converted into scales at the result of heat or
  2. \Ex*fo"li*ate\ v. t.
    To remove scales, lamin[ae], or splinters from the surface
Biology Dictionary
  1. Peeling off in thin layers, shreds, or plates, as the bark of some trees.
  2. To shed cells from the skin or from mucous membranes.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: arrange in layers, breach, break, burst, bust, check, chip, crack, delaminate, desquamate, fissure, flake, flake off, fracture, laminate, lay down, lay up, layer, peel, rupture, scale, scale off, snap, split, stratify