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Related to exfoliative: exfoliative cytology, exfoliative toxin


v. ex·fo·li·at·ed, ex·fo·li·at·ing, ex·fo·li·ates
1. To remove (a layer of bark or skin, for example) in flakes or scales; peel.
2. To cast off in scales, flakes, or splinters.
To come off or separate into flakes, scales, or layers.

[Latin exfoliāre, exfoliāt-, to strip of leaves : ex-, ex- + folium, leaf; see bhel- in Indo-European roots.]

ex·fo′li·a′tion n.
ex·fo′li·a′tive adj.
ex·fo′li·a′tor n.


adj exfoliativo
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On the other hand, bullous impetigo is caused by the local production of exfoliative toxins (ETA or ETB) by phage group II of Staphylococcus aureus.
(3) S aureus can cause a wide range of infections ranging from abscesses to cellulitis; SSSS is caused by hematogenous spread of S aureus exfoliative toxin.
Based on existing information, the patient had flu-like syndrome, jaundice, exfoliative skin rash, and severe cholestatic hepatitis.
Exfoliative vaginal cytology and plasma levels of estrone and estradiol-17[beta] in young and adult goats.
aureus strains produce a variety of Staphylococcal enterotoxins (SEs), toxic shock syndrome toxin 1 (TSST-1) and exfoliative toxins (ETs).
It may present as a chronic erythematous exfoliative lesions.
Life-threatening staphylococcal infections are generally caused by the co-presence and combined actions of staphylococcal enterotoxins (sea-sej), toxic shock syndrome toxin-1 (tst-1), exfoliative toxins (eta and etb) and the panton-valentine leucocidin.
Erythroderma or exfoliative dermatitis is any inflammatory skin disease that affects more than 90% of the body surface.
Staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome (SSSS), also known as Ritter's Disease, is a staphylococcal exfoliative toxin-mediated disease initiated by fever, irritability, and sensitivity in the skin after a local infection, such as upper respiratory tract infection, bullous impetigo, otitis media, and purulent conjunctivitis mostly in newborns and children aged <5 years, that is frequently caused by Staphylococci (1).
Comparative Study of Metachromatic Staining Methods in Assessing the Exfoliative Cell Types During Oestrous Cycle in Sprague-Dawley Laboratory Rats
Use of exfoliative specimens and fine-needle aspiration smears for mutation testing in lung adenocarcinoma.