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ecdysis


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Ecdysis  \Ec"dy*sis\,  n.;  pl  {Ecdyses}.  [NL.,  fr  Gr  'e`kdysis 
  a  getting  out  fr  'ekdy`ein,  to  put  off  'ek  out  +  dy`ein  to 
  enter.]  (Biol.) 
  The  act  of  shedding,  or  casting  off  an  outer  cuticular 
  layer,  as  in  the  case  of  serpents,  lobsters,  etc.;  a  coming 
  out  as  the  ecdysis  of  the  pupa  from  its  shell;  exuviation. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  ecdysis 
  n  :  periodic  shedding  of  the  cuticle  in  arthropods  or  the  outer 
  skin  in  reptiles  [syn:  {molt},  {molting},  {moult},  {moulting}] 




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