Borrowed from Greek é Kdysis 'getting out, escape', from ekdyein  'to take
of, strip off'  and  ekdyesthai  'to strip oneself of,  take off,  get out, escape,
leave behind'. 

The  process of  shedding  the old skin  or casting off  the outer cuticle to
let the organism grow. 
Ecdysis permits a vital but vulnerable metamorphosis. 
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