(Des`qua*ma"tion) n. [Cf. F. desquamation.] (Med.) The separation or shedding of
the cuticle or epidermis in the form of flakes or scales; exfoliation, as of bones.
(De*squam"a*tive De*squam"a*to*ry) a. Of, pertaining to, or attended with, desquamation.
(De*squam"a*to*ry), n. (Surg.) An instrument formerly used in removing the laminæ of
(Dess) n. Dais. [Obs.]
(Des*sert") n. [F., fr. desservir to remove from table, to clear the table; pref. des- (L. dis-) +
servir to serve, to serve at table. See Serve.] A service of pastry, fruits, or sweetmeats, at the close of
a feast or entertainment; pastry, fruits, etc., forming the last course at dinner.
"An 't please your honor," quoth the peasant,Pope. Dessert spoon, a spoon used in eating dessert; a spoon intermediate in size between a teaspoon and
a tablespoon. Dessert-spoonful, n., pl. Dessert- spoonfuls, as much as a dessert spoon will
hold, usually reckoned at about two and a half fluid drams.
"This same dessert is not so pleasant."
(Des*tem"per) n. [Cf. F. détrempe, fr. détremper.] A kind of painting. See Distemper.