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intr.v. des·qua·mat·ed, des·qua·mat·ing, des·qua·mates
To shed, peel, or come off in scales. Used of skin.

[Latin dēsquāmāre, dēsquāmāt- : dē-, de- + squāma, scale.]

des′qua·ma′tion n.


the peeling off of the skin in scales.
See also: Processes
the shedding of the superficial epithelium, as of skin, the mucous membranes, etc.
See also: Bodily Functions
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.desquamation - loss of bits of outer skin by peeling or shedding or coming off in scalesdesquamation - loss of bits of outer skin by peeling or shedding or coming off in scales
organic phenomenon - (biology) a natural phenomenon involving living plants and animals


n. descamación, exfoliación, desprendimiento de la piel en forma de escamas.
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Stratum corneum chymotryptic enzyme: a proteinase which may be generally present in the stratum corneum and with a possible involvement in desquamation.
Postradiation dermatitis can include reactions ranging from mild to moderate dryness and peeling to significant erythema, hyperemia, and moist desquamation with loss of epidermal barrier, said Dr.
0[degrees]C) developed that lasted for 3 days, along with a facial rash that spread to his neck, trunk, legs, and ankles, followed by desquamation.
Xerosis and pruritus: Apply highly occlusive emollients; these may be mixed with 10%-20% urea or 12% lactic acid to aid desquamation.
Benefits include targeting different pathophysiologic factors, such as abnormal desquamation, proliferation of Propionibacterium acnes, and inflammation.
It is produced in the keratinizing squamous epithelium and may be involved in the conversion of the interleukin-1[beta] precursor to its active form (16) and in the process of desquamation (17,18).
Mibelle AG Biochemistry's new Perfection Peptide P3 is a tripeptide said to rejuvenate the skin by biomimetic desquamation.
Retinoids thin the stratum corneum, and this presents as dryness, itchiness, and desquamation.
During the third to sixth week of therapy, populations of basal-layer stem cells become depleted in the treated area, and dry desquamation can develop.
In the ear with AOE, we see desquamation of the skin into the ear canal and an inflammatory infiltrate (figure 2).
The retraction was molded against the walls of the hypotympanum, forming a widely open pocket in which some products of desquamation had accumulated.
Topical retinoids reverse abnormal desquamation of follicular corneocytes, inhibit the microcomedones that are the precursor lesions in acne, clear mature comedones, and enhance skin penetration of other medications, most importantly topical antimicrobials.