Definitions for exfoliateɛksˈfoʊ liˌeɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ex•fo•li•ateɛksˈfoʊ liˌeɪt(v.)-at•ed, -at•ing.

  1. (v.t.)to throw off in scales, splinters, etc.

  2. to remove the surface of (a bone, the skin, etc.) in scales or laminae.

    Category: Surgery

  3. (v.i.)to peel off in thin fragments.

  4. to split or swell into a scaly aggregate, as certain minerals when heated. to separate into rudely concentric layers or sheets.

    Category: Geology

Origin of exfoliate:

1605–15; < LL exfoliātus, ptp. of exfoliāre to strip of leaves


Princeton's WordNet

  1. exfoliate(verb)

    spread by opening the leaves of

  2. exfoliate(verb)

    cast off in scales, laminae, or splinters

  3. exfoliate(verb)

    remove the surface, in scales or laminae

  4. exfoliate(verb)

    come off in a very thin piece

  5. exfoliate(verb)

    grow by producing or unfolding leaves

    "plants exfoliate"


  1. exfoliate(Verb)

    To remove the leaves from a plant.

  2. exfoliate(Verb)

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Exfoliate(verb)

    to separate and come off in scales or laminae, as pieces of carious bone or of bark

  2. Exfoliate(verb)

    to split into scales, especially to become converted into scales at the result of heat or decomposition

  3. Exfoliate(verb)

    to remove scales, laminae, or splinters from the surface of


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