Definitions for exfoliateɛksˈfoʊ liˌeɪt
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
ex•fo•li•ateɛksˈfoʊ liˌeɪt(v.)-at•ed, -at•ing.
(v.t.)to throw off in scales, splinters, etc.
to remove the surface of (a bone, the skin, etc.) in scales or laminae.
(v.i.)to peel off in thin fragments.
to split or swell into a scaly aggregate, as certain minerals when heated. to separate into rudely concentric layers or sheets.
Origin of exfoliate:
1605–15; < LL exfoliātus, ptp. of exfoliāre to strip of leaves
spread by opening the leaves of
cast off in scales, laminae, or splinters
remove the surface, in scales or laminae
come off in a very thin piece
grow by producing or unfolding leaves
To remove the leaves from a plant.
To remove a layer of skin, as in cosmetic preparation.
to separate and come off in scales or laminae, as pieces of carious bone or of bark
to split into scales, especially to become converted into scales at the result of heat or decomposition
to remove scales, laminae, or splinters from the surface of