Ecdysis Ec"dy*sis, n.; pl. {Ecdyses}. [NL., fr. Gr. 'e`kdysis a getting out, fr. 'ekdy`ein, to put off; 'ek out + dy`ein to enter.] (Biol.) The act of shedding, or casting off, an outer cuticular layer, as in the case of serpents, lobsters, etc.; a coming out; as, the ecdysis of the pupa from its shell; exuviation. [1913 Webster]

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  • Ecdysis — Ec dy*sis, n.; pl. {Ecdyses}. [NL., fr. Gr. e kdysis a getting out, fr. ekdy ein, to put off; ek out + dy ein to enter.] (Biol.) The act of shedding, or casting off, an outer cuticular layer, as in the case of serpents, lobsters, etc.; a coming… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ecdysis — noun (plural ecdyses) Etymology: New Latin, from Greek ekdysis act of getting out, from ekdyein to strip, from ex + dyein to enter, don Date: circa 1854 the act of molting or shedding an outer cuticular layer …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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