from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To shed, peel, or come off in scales. Used of skin.
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- v. To shed or peel
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To peel off in the form of scales; to scale off, as the skin in certain diseases.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To scale off; peel off; exfoliate; be shed, cast, or molted in the form of scales or flakes.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. peel off in scales
Latin dēsquāmāre, dēsquāmāt- : dē-, de- + squāma, scale.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
The effects may last a week, and the skin may desquamate.
About the eighth day the rash begins to scale or desquamate.