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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
Eczema (dermatitis) - Erythema with crusting, scaling, itching, and desquamation.
Bacteria are always found on and in this layer, but the conditions for growth here are not very favorable and the surface is constantly cleansed by desquamation.
It is most contagious at the height of the disease and during desquamation.
At the beginning of the second week desquamation, or scaling, begins, the skin peeling off in minute flakes.
If recovery is prompt and desquamation (scaling) is in progress, warm baths may be applied for a few days.
Healthy children must be strictly seperated from the sick till the end of desquamation or scaling -- a period of four to six weeks.
No case of measles shall be discharged from observation until the Department has been notified, the case examined by an inspector to see if desquamation is entirely completed, and the premises ordered fumigated.
This examination by the inspector is necessary because the Department of Health must have official information as to the completion of desquamation before a child is dismissed from observation.
The packs, once begun, should be continued, once a day, during and a few days after desquamation.
Towards the close of the disease, after desquamation has begun, the temperature of the room may be kept at 70°, as then the fever and heat have subsided and the delicate skin of the patient requires a comfortable temperature.