Definition of Ecdysis

1. Noun. Periodic shedding of the cuticle in arthropods or the outer skin in reptiles.

Exact synonyms: Molt, Molting, Moult, Moulting
Generic synonyms: Shedding, Sloughing
Derivative terms: Molt, Molt, Moult, Moult



Definition of Ecdysis

1. n. 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.

Definition of Ecdysis

1. Noun. The shedding of an outer layer of skin in snakes, crustaceans and insects; moulting ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Ecdysis

1. the shedding of an outer layer of skin [n -DYSES] : ECDYSIAL [adj]

Medical Definition of Ecdysis

1. Origin: NL, fr. Gr. 'ekdysis a getting out, fr. 'ekdyein, to put off; 'ek out + dyein to enter. 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. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Ecdysis

eccyclemas
eccyclemata
eccyesis
ecdemic
ecdemite
ecderon
ecdyses
ecdysial
ecdysial gland
ecdysiasts
ecdysiophilia
ecdysiophilias
ecdysis (current term)
ecdyson
ecdysone
ecdysone dehydrogenase-isomerase
ecdysones
ecdysons
ecdysozoan
ecdysozoans
ecdysteroid
ecdysteroid 26-hydroxylase
ecdysteroid UDP-glucosyltransferase
ecdysteroids
ecdysterone
ecesic
ecesis

Literary usage of Ecdysis

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1. The Tettigidae of North America by Joseph Lane Hancock (1902)
"After the last ecdysis the colors are most vivid and clean ... The first ecdysis takes place in about ten days;* the insect then may be quite differently ..."

2. International Catalogue of Scientific Literature by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1906)
"Bull., 4, 1903, (197-210). [0211 2611 2631]. 165 Willen, EP On the structural changes accompanying the ecdysis of the crab Cancer ..."

3. Proceedings of the Royal Physical Society of Edinburgh by Royal Physical Society of Edinburgh (1888)
"If an appendage should be lost shortly before a normal ecdysis, it is reasonable to expect that a new rudiment could not be elaborated ..."

4. Proceedings of the Royal Physical Society of Edinburgh by Royal Physical Society of Edinburgh (1888)
"The antennae of Astacus are relatively much shorter than those of the lobster, and so may be capable of attaining their full size after the first ecdysis. ..."

5. The Entomologist's Record and Journal of Variation by James William Tutt (1890)
"As a sample of the contents, the following paragraphs from the chapter on "Metamorphosis " will show the character of the work. " ecdysis. ..."

6. A Natural History of the British Lepidoptera: A Text-book for Students and by James William Tutt (1904)
"THE PUPAL ecdysis.—The larva lies S or ю days in its earthen cell, and gets very shabby and dirty-looking, from the shrivelling and darkening of the effete ..."

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