Meaning of exuviate in English:


Pronunciation /ɪɡˈzjuːvɪeɪt/ /ɛɡˈzjuːvɪeɪt/


[with object]technical
  • Shed (a skin or shell).

    ‘Some pollutants in seawater affect the enzyme activity causing loss of the biological function of the enzyme, which affects the exuviating crab-shell and threatens the survival of the animal.’
    • ‘However, the method for production gets complicated because the process of exuviating skin and removing hypocotyl is necessary.’
    shed, discard, slough off, throw off, get rid of, let fall, let drop


Mid 19th century from exuviae+ -ate.