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- n. The shedding of the outer layers of the skin. For example, once the rash of measles fades, there is desquamation.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The separation or shedding of the cuticle or epidermis in the form of flakes or scales; exfoliation, as of bones.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The process of desquamating; a scaling or exfoliation, as of skin or bone; especially, separation of the epidermis in scales or patches: a common result of certain diseases, as scarlatina.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. loss of bits of outer skin by peeling or shedding or coming off in scales
The word comes from the Latin desquamare meaning "to scrape the scales off a fish." (Wiktionary)