Definition of exuviate in English:

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Pronunciation: /iɡˈzo͞ovēˌāt/


[with object] technical
Shed (a skin or shell).
Example sentences
  • Some pollutants in seawater affect the enzyme activity causing loss of the biological function of the enzyme, which affects the exuviating crab-shell and threatens the survival of the animal.
  • However, the method for production gets complicated because the process of exuviating skin and removing hypocotyl is necessary.



Pronunciation: /iɡˌzo͞ovēˈāSH(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • Developmental changes in epidermis and fat body are delayed to the same extent, thus maintaining proper temporal spacing of events required for successful exuviation.
  • Considering Crustacea as an analogy, abnormal secretion of exuviation hormones in trilobite exoskeletons could also have caused irregular ecdysis and given rise to aberrant exoskeletal morphology.
  • Internal excretion of a hormone with a steroid skeleton called ecdysteroid makes exuviation proceed in insects.


Mid 19th century: from exuviae + -ate3.

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Syllabification: ex·u·vi·ate

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