• To remove (a layer of bark or skin, for example) in flakes or scales; peel.
  • To cast off in scales, flakes, or splinters.
  • To come off or separate into flakes, scales, or layers.
  • To throw off scales or flakes; peel off in thin fragments; desquamate: as, the <em>exfoliating</em> bark of a tree.
  • Specifically In <em>surgery</em>, to separate and come off in scales, as carious bone.
  • In <em>mineralogy</em>, to split into scales; especially, to become scaly at the surface in consequence of heat or decomposition: as, vermiculite <em>exfoliates</em> before the blowpipe.
  • To scale; free from scales or splinters.
  • To remove scales, laminæ, or splinters from the surface of.
  • To separate and come off in scales or laminæ, as pieces of carious bone or of bark.
  • To split into scales, especially to become converted into scales at the result of heat or decomposition.
  • To <xref>remove</xref> the <xref>leaves</xref> from a <xref>plant</xref>.
  • To <xref>remove</xref> a <xref>layer</xref> of <xref>skin</xref>, as in <xref>cosmetic</xref> preparation.
  • grow by producing or unfolding leaves
  • cast off in scales, laminae, or splinters
  • come off in a very thin piece
  • spread by opening the leaves of
  • remove the surface, in scales or laminae
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