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desquamate definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

v
1: peel off in scales; "dry skin desquamates" [syn: desquamate, peel off]

Merriam Webster's

intransitive verb (-mated; -mating) Etymology: Latin desquamatus, past participle of desquamare to scale, from de- + squama scale Date: 1828 to peel off in scales desquamation noun

Oxford Reference Dictionary

v.intr. Med. (esp. of the skin) come off in scales (as in some diseases). Derivatives: desquamation n. desquamative adj. desquamatory adj. Etymology: L desquamare (as DE-, squama scale)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Desquamate Des"qua*mate, v. i. [L. desquamatus, p. p. of desquamare to scale off; de- + squama scale.] (Med.) To peel off in the form of scales; to scale off, as the skin in certain diseases.



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