Definition of Exfoliate

1. Verb. Spread by opening the leaves of.

Generic synonyms: Open, Spread, Spread Out, Unfold



2. Verb. Cast off in scales, laminae, or splinters.
Generic synonyms: Cast, Cast Off, Drop, Shake Off, Shed, Throw, Throw Away, Throw Off
Derivative terms: Exfoliation, Exfoliation

3. Verb. Remove the surface, in scales or laminae.
Generic synonyms: Peel Off
Derivative terms: Exfoliation, Exfoliation

4. Verb. Come off in a very thin piece.
Generic synonyms: Break Away, Break Off, Chip, Chip Off, Come Off
Derivative terms: Exfoliation, Exfoliation

5. Verb. Grow by producing or unfolding leaves. "Plants exfoliate"
Generic synonyms: Grow

Definition of Exfoliate

1. v. i. To separate and come off in scales or laminæ, as pieces of carious bone or of bark.

2. v. t. To remove scales, laminæ, or splinters from the surface of.

Definition of Exfoliate

1. Verb. To remove the leaves from a plant. ¹

2. Verb. To remove a layer of skin, as in cosmetic preparation. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Exfoliate

1. [v -ATED, -ATING, -ATES]

Medical Definition of Exfoliate

1. 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. 3. To fall out, with development, the deciduous teeth exfoliate and permanent teeth erupt into the space. Origin: L. Exfoliatio (08 Jan 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Exfoliate

exeunt
exeunted
exeunting
exeunts
exfetation
exfiltrate
exfiltrated
exfiltrates
exfiltrating
exfiltration
exfiltration operation
exfiltrations
exflagellation
exfoliant
exfoliants
exfoliate (current term)
exfoliated
exfoliates
exfoliatin
exfoliating
exfoliation
exfoliation of lens
exfoliation syndrome
exfoliations
exfoliative
exfoliative dermatitis
exfoliative gastritis
exfoliator
exfoliators
exformation

Literary usage of Exfoliate

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1. Allen's Synonyms and Antonyms by Frederic Sturges Allen (1920)
"Referring to plants: exfoliate (tech. ... spec, mew (tech. or archaic), exfoliate. sheep, n. mutton (jocular), ..."

2. Chambers's Encyclopædia: A Dictionary of Universal Knowledge for the People by Chambers, W. and R., publ (1876)
"... &c., sometimes gives relief. into small, irregular, scale-like pieces, which do noi readily exfoliate, but which, if removed, are speedily reproduced. ..."

3. The Comic Annual by Thomas Hood (1835)
"So let our author, whose enamell'd hopes exfoliate to night such classic tropes, Through this, his tragedy, those laurels share Which Drake and ..."

4. Provincial Medical & Surgical Journal (1841)
"The hardest bones are generally easiest of cure, but this usually depends on exfoliation; they exfoliate sooner than those which are less compact. ..."

5. Catalogue of the Hunterian Collection in the Museum of the Royal College of by Museum, Royal College of Surgeons in London (1830)
"Part of the femur from a case of compound fracture, the cure of which was retarded in consequence of there being a dead portion of bone to exfoliate. ..."

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