verbex·fo·li·at·ed, ex·fo·li·at·ing, ex·fo·li·ates
- To remove (a layer of bark or skin, for example) in flakes or scales; peel.
- To cast off in scales, flakes, or splinters.
To come off or separate into flakes, scales, or layers.
Origin of exfoliateLatin exfoliāre, exfoliāt-, to strip of leaves : ex-, ex- + folium, leaf; see bhel-3 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present exfoliates, present participle exfoliating, simple past and past participle exfoliated)