Zool. the shedding of an outer layer of skin or integument, as by snakes or insects
Origin of ecdysisModern Latin ; from Classical Greek ekdysis, a stripping ; from ekdyein, to strip off ; from ek-, out of + dyein, to enter
The shedding of an outer integument or layer of skin, as by insects, crustaceans, and snakes; molting.
Origin of ecdysisGreek ekdusis, a stripping off, from ekduein, to take off : ek-, out, off; see ecto– + duein, to put on.
From Ancient Greek ἔκδυσις (ekdusis, “stripping”), from ἐκδύω (ekduō, “I take off”), from ἐκ (ek, “out”) + δύω (duō, “I get in”).