Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The shedding of an outer integument or layer of skin, as by insects, crustaceans, and snakes; molting.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Biol.) The act of shedding, or casting off, an outer cuticular layer, as in the case of serpents, lobsters, etc.; a coming out; ; exuviation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The shedding of an outer layer of skin in snakes, crustaceans and insects; moulting

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun periodic shedding of the cuticle in arthropods or the outer skin in reptiles

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Greek ekdusis, a stripping off, from ekduein, to take off : ek-, out, off; see ecto– + duein, to put on.]

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From Ancient Greek ἔκδυσις (ekdusis, "stripping"), from ἐκδύω (ekduō, "I take off"), from ἐκ (ek, "out") + δύω (duō, "I get in").

Examples

  • Spiders grow by shedding their old exoskeleton and replacing it with a larger, less constraining hide, a process known as ecdysis.

    The Killing Kind

  • It's from "ecdysis," a word for the process of shedding one's own skin, snake-style.

    NPR Topics: News

  • It's from "ecdysis," a word for the process of shedding one's own skin, snake-style.

    NPR Topics: News

  • It's from "ecdysis," a word for the process of shedding one's own skin, snake-style.

    NPR Topics: News

  • It might be a good idea to relate strip-teasing in some way to the...zoological phenomenon of molting,...which is ecdysis.

    Archive 2007-11-01

  • It might be a good idea to relate strip-teasing in some way to the...zoological phenomenon of molting,...which is ecdysis.

    Georgia Sothern, H.L.Mencken, Gypsy Rose Lee, and Ecdysiasm

  • Death is caused by incomplete ecdysis and cuticle malformation.

    Chapter 6

  • It inhibits ecdysis and ultimately, apolysis, the first stage in the moulting process in which separation of the old cuticle from the underlying epidermal cells takes place.

    Chapter 7

  • During pre-adult life, the exoskeleton is therefore renewed a number of times by the process of moulting or ecdysis.

    Chapter 6

  • A less common word for the process is ecdysis (ek'dih-sis; "get out" G).

    The Human Brain

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