- 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