n. pl. ec·dy·ses (-sēz′)
The shedding of an outer integument or layer of skin, as by insects, crustaceans, and snakes; molting.
[Greek ekdusis, a stripping off, from ekduein, to take off : ek-, out, off; see ECTO- + duein, to put on.]
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