Exfoliate
Exfoliate Ex*fo"li*ate v. t. To remove scales, lamin[ae], or splinters from the surface of. [1913 Webster]

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  • Exfoliate — 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. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • exfoliate — (v.) 1610s, from L.L. exfoliatus, pp. of exfoliare to strip of leaves, from ex off (see EX (Cf. ex )) + folium leaf (see FOLIO (Cf. folio)). Related: Exfoliated; exfoliating …   Etymology dictionary

  • exfoliate — [v] peel desquamate, doff, flake off, scale off, shed; concepts 142,176,211 …   New thesaurus

  • exfoliate — ► VERB 1) shed or be shed from a surface in scales or layers. 2) wash or rub (the skin) with a granular substance to remove dead cells. DERIVATIVES exfoliation noun exfoliative adjective exfoliator noun. ORIGIN Latin exfoliare strip of leaves …   English terms dictionary

  • exfoliate — [eks fō′lē āt΄] vt., vi. exfoliated, exfoliating [< LL exfoliatus, pp. of exfoliare, to strip of leaves < L ex , out + folium, a leaf: see FOIL2] to cast or come off in flakes, scales, or layers, as skin, bark, rock, etc. exfoliation n.… …   English World dictionary

  • exfoliate — [[t]eksfo͟ʊlieɪt[/t]] exfoliates, exfoliating, exfoliated VERB To exfoliate your skin means to remove the dead cells from its surface using something such as a brush or a special cream. [V n] Exfoliate your back at least once a week. [Also V]… …   English dictionary

  • exfoliate — UK [eksˈfəʊlɪeɪt] / US [eksˈfoʊlɪeɪt] verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms exfoliate : present tense I/you/we/they exfoliate he/she/it exfoliates present participle exfoliating past tense exfoliated past participle exfoliated to wash or rub… …   English dictionary

  • exfoliate — verb Exfoliate is used with these nouns as the object: ↑skin …   Collocations dictionary

  • exfoliate — verb ( ated; ating) Etymology: Late Latin exfoliatus, past participle of exfoliare to strip of leaves, from Latin ex + folium leaf more at blade Date: 1612 transitive verb 1. to cast off in scales, laminae, or splinters 2. to remove the surface… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • exfoliate — exfoliative /eks foh lee ay tiv, euh tiv/, adj. /eks foh lee ayt /, v., exfoliated, exfoliating. v.t. 1. to throw off in scales, splinters, etc. 2. to remove the surface of (a bone, the skin, etc.) in scales or laminae. v.i. 3. to throw off… …   Universalium

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