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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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n. - Periodic shedding of the cuticle in arthropods or the outer skin in reptiles.

Usage examples (14)
  • It's from "ecdysis," a word for the process of shedding one's own skin, snake-style.
  • Death is caused by incomplete ecdysis and cuticle malformation.
  • A less common word for the process is ecdysis (ek'dih-sis; "get out" G).
  • During pre-adult life, the exoskeleton is therefore renewed a number of times by the process of moulting or ecdysis. for more
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