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desquamate

Pronunciation: des'kwa-mat

Definition: To shred, peel, or scale off, as the casting off of the epidermis in scales or shreds, or the shedding of the outer layer of any surface.

[L. desquamo, pp. -atus, to scale off, fr. squama, a scale]

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