- 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.
- The separation or shedding of the cuticle or epidermis in the form of flakes or scales; exfoliation, as of bones.
- The <xref>shedding</xref> of the outer layers of the <xref>skin</xref>. For example, once the rash of measles fades, there is desquamation.
- loss of bits of outer skin by peeling or shedding or coming off in scales