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Definition of the verb exfoliate

What does exfoliate mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: exfoliated | exfoliating | exfoliates

  1. spread by opening the leaves of
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic terms: open / spread / spread out / unfold = spread out or open from a closed or folded state
  2. cast off in scales, laminae, or splinters
  3. remove the surface, in scales or laminae
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic term: peel off = peel off the outer layer of something
  4. come off in a very thin piece
  5. grow by producing or unfolding leaves
    • example: plants exfoliate
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic word: grow = increase in size by natural process

Alternative definition of the verb exfoliate


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


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Google previewCosmetologist (2014)

by Christie Marlowe

To exfoliate means to rub the body to remove dead skin cells. Dermatology is the study and treatment of skin disorders. Although most estheticians aren't medical professionals, they sometimes work with doctors. If an esthetician sees ...

Google previewYosemite (1988)

A Guide to Yosemite National Park

To exfoliate means to cast off in scales, plates. or sheets—the spalling off of rock layers on otherwise unjointed granite. Exfoliation is caused by outward expansion of the granite. This occurs as a result of load relief—when the overburden that ...

Google previewMakeup Makeovers Beauty Bible (2011)

Expert Secrets for Stunning Transformations by Robert Jones

exfoliate is the process of using products and actions that slough off or remove the dead surface layer of skin from an area of your body or ...

Google previewModern Vibrational Spectroscopy and Micro-Spectroscopy (2015)

Theory, Instrumentation and Biomedical Applications by Max Diem

However, such an exfoliate is a mixture of many cell types, among them bacteria, the desired epithelial cells, cells of the immune system (leukocytes and lymphocytes), red blood cells (erythrocytes), and cell debris. A relatively clean cell ...

Google previewA Practical Guide to Beauty Therapy for NVQ Level 2 (2003)

by Janet Simms

Exfoliants To exfoliate means to peel off in scales or layers. All types of skin benefit from the weekly use of exfoliating products to brighten up the complexion and refine the skin texture. Regular use of an exfoliant prevents the build-up of dead ...

Google previewIntroduction to Medical Terminology (2008)

by Ann Ehrlich, Carol L. Schroeder

To exfoliate means to remove a specimen in flakes or scales. TREATMENT PROCEDURES OF THE INTEGUMENTARY SYSTEM Preventive Measures Sunscreen that blocks out the harmful ultraviolet B (UVB) rays is sometimes measured in ...

Google previewIntroduction to Polymer Chemistry, Third Edition (2012)

by Charles E. Carraher Jr.

Exfoliate means to open, such as to open the pages of a book. New sheetlike nanocomposites are being investigated in the production of tire inner layers. These approaches focus on the use of two different materials, silicates and graphite.

Google previewCarraher's Polymer Chemistry, Ninth Edition (2016)

by Charles E. Carraher Jr.

resulting in an overall lighter tire Tire inner layers are typically derived from butyl rubber, often halogenated butyl rubber Exfoliate means to open, such as to open the pages of a book New sheetlike nanocomposites are being investigated in ...

Google previewLooking Younger (2008)

Makeovers That Make You Look as Young as You Feel by Robert Jones

exfoliate is the process of using products and actions that slough off or remove the dead surface layer of skin from an area of your body or ...

Google previewDictionary of Environmental Health (2003)

by David Worthington

exfoliate. To come away from or be shed by the parentsurfaceinthe form of thin layers such as flakes or scales. Theprocessisknown as exfoliation. existing chemical Defined as one of over 100,000 chemicalsthat are.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Polymer Blends, Volume 3 (2016)

Structure by Avraam I. Isayev

They chose two model blend systems: PS/PMMA in which the organoclay was expected to exfoliate in only one phase (PMMA) and PC/SAN24 where organoclay was known to exfoliate in both phases. They found an increase in compatibility.

Google previewDictionary of Chemistry

exfoliate explosive limit acid and glutamate are examples of excitotoxins. exfoliate To remove surface layers of the skin, especially dead skin cells, generally by the use of an abrasive agent. exhilarant Herbs that enliven and cheer the mind.

Google previewInternational Encyclopaedia of Engineering and Technology (2007)

by M N Doja

exfoliate A noun, used in patent literature to describe a surface treated nanoclay, which posesses a sufficiently enlarged gallery spacing to permit the nanoclay to fully disperse ( exfoliate) ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis, Or, Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, Etc. : Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)

z * To EXFOLIATE. v. n. [ex and folium.] To shell off; separate, as a corrupt bone from the sound part. A term of chirurgery.—Our work went on ...

Google previewA Dictionary of the English Language, in which the Words are Deduced from Their Originals ... (1778)

To EXFOLIATE . v. n. (ex and folium, Lat.) To shell off; as a corrupt bone from the sound part.

Google previewFaces around the World: A Cultural Encyclopedia of the Human Face (2012)

A Cultural Encyclopedia of the Human Face by Margo DeMello

Olive oil itself was also used as a cleanser in ancient Rome, and honey was used throughout the Mediterranean region to both exfoliate and moisturize the skin. The Romans used flour and butter on acne, while the Greeks used lead to clear ...

Google previewEncyclopaedic Dictionary of Biology (2003)

by S. Choudhary

exfoliate exon trapping exfoliate : To shed cells from the skin or from mucous membranes. exine : The outer layer of the wall of a pollen grain or spore. exit domain : One of the two main binding sites on the ribosome molecule. The finished ...

Google previewA Consumer's Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients, 7th Edition (2009)

Complete Information About the Harmful and Desirable Ingredients Found in Cosmetics and Cosmeceuticals by Ruth Winter

used in anti-aging creams to exfoliate the skin. Reportedly less irritating than earlier alphahydroxy acids (see). Also used as a fragrance ingredient in shampoos. See Glucose and Lactic Acid.

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Exfoliate Meaning

Video shows what exfoliate means. To remove the leaves from a plant.. To remove a layer of skin, as in cosmetic preparation.. To split into scales, especially to ...

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Scrabble value of E1X8F4O1L1I1A1T1E1

The value of this 9-letter word is 19 points, but it's not an accepted word in the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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