AskDefine | Define exfoliate

Dictionary Definition



1 spread by opening the leaves of
2 cast off in scales, laminae, or splinters
3 remove the surface, in scales or laminae
4 come off in a very thin piece
5 grow by producing or unfolding leaves; "plants exfoliate"

User Contributed Dictionary



From Latin exfoliare to remove leaves.



  1. To remove the leaves from a plant.
  2. To remove a layer of skin, as in cosmetic preparation.


to remove a layer of skin, as in cosmetic preparation

Extensive Definition

Exfoliation has several meanings: thumb|200px|Geological exfoliation of granite at [[Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, Texas, USA]]

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

arrange in layers, breach, break, burst, bust, check, chip, crack, delaminate, desquamate, fissure, flake, flake off, fracture, laminate, lay down, lay up, layer, peel, rupture, scale, scale off, snap, split, stratify
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