The irreversible loss of scales, flakes, or layers from a surface. Exfoliation may occur on exterior stones due to weathering, deterioration from salts, or freeze-thaw action. Exfoliation also occurs in audio and video media when the surface coating flakes from the supporting tape or disc.
Synonyms and Related Terms
Exfoliation (Deut.); esfoliação (Port.)
Sources Checked for Data in Record
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