ecdysis

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English[edit]

ecdysis

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek ἔκδυσις (ékdusis, stripping), from ἐκδύω (ekdúō, I take off), from ἐκ (ek, out) + δύω (dúō, I get in).

Noun[edit]

ecdysis (plural ecdyses)

  1. The shedding of an outer layer of skin in snakes and certain other animals; moulting
  2. The shedding of an exoskeleton, as in insects and crustaceans.

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