Word of the Day – Ecdysis

By October 18, 2018Word of the Day

Ecdysis (noun)


The process of shedding the old skin (in reptiles) or casting off the outer cuticle (in insects and other arthropods).

Mid 19th century: from Greek ekdusis, from ekduein ‘put off’, from ek- ‘out, off’ + duein ‘put’.

Example sentences

“At ecdysis, the animal sheds the old exoskeleton.”

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