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exfoliation

Pronunciation: eks'fo-le-a'shun

Definition:

  1. Detachment and shedding of superficial cells of an epithelium or from any tissue surface.
  2. Scaling or desquamation of the horny layer of epidermis, which varies in amount from minute quantities to shedding the entire integument.
  3. Loss of deciduous teeth following physiologic loss of root structure.

[Mod. L. fr. L. ex, out, + folium, leaf]

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