Necrotic tissue in the process of separating from viable portions of the body.
To separate from the living tissue.
Dead tissue, especially dead skin, which has separated from healthy tissue.
Separation of dead matter or tissue from normal or living tissue. Often used in reference to the skin, where dead tissue sloughs off a wound during treatment and healing. V. to shed or fall away from, as tissue (e.g., skin) that has died and been replaced by new tissue.
Dead tissue, such as skin, that separates from healthy tissue after inflammation or infection.
Slough (pronounced ‘sluff’) is dead tissue separated by natural processes from the living body. The term is applied to hard, external parts which the lower animals cast off naturally in the course of growth, like the skin of snakes or the shell of crabs. In humans, however, the process is generally associated with disease, and is then known as gangrene. Sloughs may be of very small size, as in the case of the core of a boil, or they may include a whole limb; but in general a slough involves a limited area of skin or of the underlying tissues. The process of separation of a slough is described under gangrene.
Dead matter or necrosed tissue separated from living tissue or an ulceration.