Definition of exfoliate in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪksˈfəʊlɪeɪt/
Pronunciation: /ɛksˈfəʊlɪeɪt/


[no object]
1(Of a material) be shed from a surface in scales or layers: the bark exfoliates in papery flakes
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  • Within networks surfaces are exfoliating in more and more complexity.
  • Most of the fossil is covered with a thin layer of matrix, but this has exfoliated enough to reveal some of the carapace, whose texture and color is quite close to that of Esmeraldacaris.
  • Tshudy and Feldmann made such observations on the counterpart of concretions containing macruran decapods in which the exocuticle did not exfoliate, and they recognized serpulid worms and oysters that had encrusted the host.
1.1 [with object] Cause (a surface) to shed material in scales or layers: salt solutions exfoliate rocks on evaporating
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  • These two ingredients work synergistically for a greater effect, and will both exfoliate follicle walls and calm oil secretions.
  • This ingredient exfoliates the surface of the skin and reduces inflammation in the hair follicle, helping the hair to break through.
  • Enzymes in the sanitized droppings help remove dirt and exfoliate dead skin cells.
1.2 [with object] Wash or rub (a part of the body) with a granular substance to remove dead skin cells: exfoliate your legs to get rid of dead skin
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  • The therapist identifies areas affected by cellulite, then exfoliates the body.
  • Your whole body is exfoliated before being vigorously massaged with a special balm.
  • First of all she exfoliated my body, then slopped cream all over me, rubbing it in while I asked her about her two pregnancies.
1.3 [with object] Shed (material) in scales or layers: diagnosing cancer from cells exfoliated into the intestine
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  • Similar to 8 - OHdG, the predictive value of micronuclei in exfoliated cells for eventual cancer development has yet to be definitively established.
  • Furthermore, the incidence of HPV DNA in exfoliated cervical cancer cells increases during pregnancy when estrogen levels are highest.
  • Because the specimens are all composed of delicate, partially exfoliated cuticle in a hard matrix, preparation of the fossils was considered likely to damage them and was not done.



Pronunciation: /ɪksfəʊlɪˈeɪʃ(ə)n/
Pronunciation: /ɛksfəʊlɪˈeɪʃ(ə)n/
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  • After a full-body desert-salt exfoliation, Daintree guests are showered with water from the spa's own waterfall.
  • Aside from the saunas, the club offers 55-minute Swedish massages, pedicures, facials, exfoliation and algae, mud or chocolate baths.
  • A true yummy mummy requires retouched highlights, immaculate foundation, mascara, exfoliation, leg-waxing and a slick of lipstick.


Pronunciation: /ɪksˈfəʊlɪətɪv/ Pronunciation: /ɛksˈfəʊlɪətɪv/
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  • There are 15 chapters of normal exfoliative and fine needle aspiration cytology demonstrated in more than 1200 color photographs.
  • The 2nd edition of Diagnostic Cytopathology provides a comprehensive review of exfoliative and aspiration cytopathology that has been divided into 14 sections with a total of 44 chapters.
  • She had longstanding and widespread exfoliative eczema.


Pronunciation: /ɛksˈfəʊlieɪtə/
Example sentences
  • Acne treatments, split-end remedies, skin moisturizers, exfoliators, facial masks, foot scrubs and body soaks all can be found right in your refrigerator or pantry.
  • Everything from mud facials and exfoliators, to soothing bath treatments, to foot spas are yours for the picking.
  • Freshen the face with a wash or exfoliator - try a drop of borage, avocado, carrot and lavender added to a little muscovado (brown sugar) in a mild cleansing cream.


Mid 17th century: from late Latin exfoliat- 'stripped of leaves', from the verb exfoliare, from ex- 'out, from' + folium 'leaf'.

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