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[eks-foh-lee-ey-shuh n] /ɛksˌfoʊ liˈeɪ ʃən/

the act, state, or process of .
the state of being .
something that is or scaled off.

early 15c., noun of action from Latin exfoliare (see exfoliate).

exfoliation ex·fo·li·a·tion (ěks-fō’lē-ā’shən)

ex·fo’li·ate’ v.
The process in which layers of tissue peel or are peeled off an organism, such as the distinctive ways in which bark peels off a tree in strips or flakes.


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