Exfoliate



[eks-foh-lee-eyt] /ɛksˈfoʊ liˌeɪt/

verb (used with object), exfoliated, exfoliating.
1.
to throw off in scales, splinters, etc.
2.
to remove the surface of (a bone, the skin, etc.) in scales or laminae.
verb (used without object), exfoliated, exfoliating.
3.
to throw off scales or flakes; peel off in thin fragments:
The bark of some trees exfoliates.
4.
Geology.

5.
Medicine/Medical. to separate and come off in scales, as scaling skin or any structure separating in flakes.
/ɛksˈfəʊlɪˌeɪt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to wash (a part of the body) with a granular cosmetic preparation in order to remove dead cells from the skin’s surface
2.
(of bark, skin, etc) to peel off in (layers, flakes, or scales)
3.
(intransitive) (of rocks or minerals) to shed the thin outermost layer because of weathering or heating
4.
(of some minerals, esp mica) to split or cause to split into thin flakes: a factory to exfoliate vermiculite
v.

1610s, from Late Latin exfoliatus, past participle of exfoliare “to strip of leaves,” from ex- “off” (see ex-) + folium “leaf” (see folio). Related: Exfoliated; exfoliating.

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