Definition of desquamate in English:



  • (of a layer of cells, e.g., of the skin) come off in scales or flakes.

    ‘desquamated cells’
    • ‘Small numbers of epithelial giant cells were found admixed with acute inflammatory cells in the lamina propria and even among desquamated cells within the lumen of the appendix.’
    • ‘TrkA immunofluorescence was detected both in desquamated epithelial cells and inflammatory cells recovered from RSV-infected airways.’
    • ‘Dermoids are composed of mature epithelial tissues, a combination of skin, hair, desquamated epithelium, and teeth.’
    • ‘The combination of sebum and desquamated cells provides an environment that is ripe for the growth of Propionibacterium acnes, the principal organism in inflammatory acne lesions.’
    • ‘Transmission can occur by direct contact or from exposure to desquamated cells.’


Early 18th century (in the sense remove the scales from): from Latin desquamat- scaled from the verb desquamare, from de- away from + squama a scale.