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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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The symptoms and signs of pruritus, erythema, vesicles, and desquamation were scored as 0 (nil), 1 (mild), 2 (moderate), and 3 (severe).
77 children had physiological desquamation and majority had desquamation in postneonatal period.
th] day of the treatment, desquamation on the patient's fingers and toes, and macular rash on his feet were observed.
By day 15, desquamation was noted on the palms of both hands and soles of both feet.
Cutaneous involvement is highly varied from patient to patient, with lesions resembling bullae, inflammatory violaceous papules, targetoid lesions, and desquamation.
The physical examination revealed jaundice, scleral icterus, purpuric macules, superficial desquamation, gingivitis (FIGURE 1), and perifollicular hemorrhages with corkscrew hairs (FIGURES 2 AND 3).
Palmoplantar oedema, hyperaemia, and desquamation of the anal region were also observed.
The cutaneous process usually resolves spontaneously or faster with antibiotics and superficial desquamation.
Desquamative gingivitis (DG) is characterized by the erythematous gingiva, desquamation and erosion of the gingival epithelium, and blister formation.
This paper presents two cases of herpes zoster ophthalmicus whose headaches in the prodromal period mimicked the SUNCT syndrome and who were diagnosed with the presentation of vesicular desquamation.
A 9-year-old female patient was presented to the dermatology department with a one-year history of complains of diffuse scalp desquamation and severe itching.
In dry desquamation, StrataXRT protects the fragile epidermis and maintains the skin's integrity, preventing the outmost layers from excessive sloughing.