Exfoliative Ex*fo"li*a"tive, a. [Cf.F. exfoliatif.] Having the power of causing exfoliation. -- n. An exfoliative agent. --Wiseman. [1913 Webster]

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  • exfoliative — exfoliate ► VERB 1) shed or be shed from a surface in scales or layers. 2) wash or rub (the skin) with a granular substance to remove dead cells. DERIVATIVES exfoliation noun exfoliative adjective exfoliator noun. ORIGIN Latin exfoliare strip of… …   English terms dictionary

  • exfoliative — adjective see exfoliate …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • exfoliative — See exfoliation. * * * …   Universalium

  • exfoliative — adjective That causes, or is accompanied by, exfoliation …   Wiktionary

  • exfoliative — Marked by exfoliation, desquamation, or profuse scaling. [Mod. L. exfoliativus] * * * ex·fo·li·a·tive (eks foґle ə tiv″) pertaining to or characterized by exfoliation …   Medical dictionary

  • exfoliative — adj. causes shedding; causes peeling …   English contemporary dictionary

  • exfoliative — ex·fo·li·a·tive …   English syllables

  • exfoliative — (ˈ)ek|sfōlēˌād.iv, lēəd. adjective Etymology: French exfoliatif, from Middle French, from Late Latin exfoliatus (past participle of exfoliare to strip of leaves) + Middle French if ive : causing or characterized by exfoliation …   Useful english dictionary

  • exfoliative cytology — n the study of cells shed from body surfaces esp. for determining the presence or absence of a cancerous condition * * * the examination by a variety of techniques, such as microscopy and flow cytometry, of cells desquamated from a body surface… …   Medical dictionary

  • exfoliative dermatitis — ▪ pathology       generalized redness and scaling of the skin that usually arises as a complication of a preexisting skin disease or of an allergy. More rarely, it may be indicative of a systemic disease, such as cancer of the lymphoid tissue.… …   Universalium

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