• WordNet 3.6
    • n desquamation loss of bits of outer skin by peeling or shedding or coming off in scales
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n desquamation 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Desquamation a scaling off: the separation of the cuticle or skin in scales
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. desquamāre, -ātumde, off, and squama, a scale.


In literature:

Hanks cites the history of a case of antepartum desquamation of the skin in a living fetus.
"Anomalies and Curiosities of Medicine" by George M. Gould
PITYRIASIS, a skin eruption attended with branlike desquamation.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
At the beginning of the second week desquamation, or scaling, begins, the skin peeling off in minute flakes.
"Valere Aude" by Louis Dechmann
It is most contagious at the height of the disease and during desquamation.
"The Care and Feeding of Children" by L. Emmett Holt
Desquamation (scaling off of the skin) commences at the decline of the eruption, in the form of minute, branny scales.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
The effects may last a week, and the skin may desquamate.
"Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology" by W. G. Aitchison Robertson
Absolute quarantine is necessary until ten days after the last signs of desquamation have disappeared.
"The Mother and Her Child" by William S. Sadler
About the eighth day the rash begins to scale or desquamate.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.)" by Grant Hague
The surface of the skin is desquamated and frequently denuded of the hair.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
The symptomatic erythemas are more or less generalized; desquamation sometimes follows.
"Essentials of Diseases of the Skin" by Henry Weightman Stelwagon

In news:

Balancing Desquamation and Hydration.