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 of in scales or laminae 3. to spread or extend by or as if by opening out leaves intransitive verb 1. to split into or give off scales, laminae, or body cells 2. to come off in thin layers or scales 3. to grow by or as if by producing or unfolding leaves • exfoliation nounexfoliative adjective

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