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slough 1

 (slo͞o, slou) also slew (slo͞o)
1. A depression or hollow, usually filled with deep mud or mire.
2. also slue A swamp, marsh, bog, or pond, especially as part of a bayou, inlet, or backwater.
3. A state of deep despair or moral degradation.

[Middle English, from Old English slōh.]

slough′y adj.

slough 2

1. The dead outer skin shed by a reptile or amphibian.
2. Medicine A layer or mass of dead tissue separated from surrounding living tissue, as in a wound, sore, or inflammation.
3. An outer layer or covering that is shed or removed.
v. sloughed, slough·ing, sloughs
1. To be cast off or shed; come off: "smooth fallen branches from which all bark has sloughed" (David M. Carroll).
2. To shed a slough: every time that a snake sloughs.
3. Medicine To separate from surrounding living tissue. Used of dead tissue.
1. To cast off or shed (skin or a covering): came inside and sloughed off his coat.
2. To discard or disregard as undesirable or unfavorable: sloughed off her misgivings.
Phrasal Verb:
slough off
Slang To work less intensely than is required or expected.

[Middle English slughe; akin to Middle High German slūch, sluoch , sloughed off snake skin (Modern German Schlauch, hose, tire tube).]


A borough of southeast England, a residential and industrial suburb of London.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sloughing - the process whereby something is shedsloughing - the process whereby something is shed
abscission - shedding of flowers and leaves and fruit following formation of scar tissue in a plant
ecdysis, molt, molting, moult, moulting - periodic shedding of the cuticle in arthropods or the outer skin in reptiles
biological process, organic process - a process occurring in living organisms
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Transnasal esophagoscopy detected an area of severe inflammation and circumferential sloughing of the mucosa in the middle portion of the esophagus, 24 cm from the nasal vestibule (figure, B).