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ecdysis

[′ek·də·səs]
(invertebrate zoology)
Molting of the outer cuticular layer of the body, as in insects and crustaceans.
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Food was refused at times, coinciding with the days that preceded the ecdyses. Sheddings do not seem to be explained by feeding or growth, which suggests a relation to other endogenous factors.
Growth in crustaceans occurs by a series of molts or ecdyses. The rate of growth is determined by two factors: the molt increment, i.e.
The first three ecdyses occurred, on average, up to the tenth day of free life, with an interval varying from 3.0 to 4.14 days between each one.