Exfoliation meaning

ĕks-fō'lē-ā'shən
The process in which layers of tissue peel or are peeled off an organism, such as the distinctive ways in which bark peels off a tree in strips or flakes.
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The scaling off of a bone, a rock, or a mineral, etc.; the state of being exfoliated.
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The loss of leaves from a plant.
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The removal of a layer of skin, as in cosmetic preparation.
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Origin of exfoliation

  • From Latin exfoliare (to remove leaves).
    From Wiktionary