from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The shedding of an outer integument or layer of skin, as by insects, crustaceans, and snakes; molting.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The shedding of an outer layer of skin in snakes, crustaceans and insects; moulting
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of shedding, or casting off, an outer cuticular layer, as in the case of serpents, lobsters, etc.; a coming out; ; exuviation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of putting off, coming out of, or emerging; the act of shedding or casting an outer coat or integument, as in the case of serpents and certain insects, or the feathers of birds; the molt: opposed to endysis.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. periodic shedding of the cuticle in arthropods or the outer skin in reptiles
Greek ekdusis, a stripping off, from ekduein, to take off : ek-, out, off; see ecto- + duein, to put on.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ἔκδυσις (ekdusis, "stripping"), from ἐκδύω (ekduō, "I take off"), from ἐκ (ek, "out") + δύω (duō, "I get in"). (Wiktionary)