intransitive verb-·at·ed, -·at·ing
Origin of exfoliatefrom Late Latin exfoliatus, past participle of exfoliare, to strip of leaves from Classical Latin ex-, out + folium, a leaf: see foil
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.
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)