chem·abra·sion (kēm″ə-braґzhən) superficial destruction and exfoliation of the epidermis and the upper layer of the dermis by application of a cauterant to the skin; done to remove lesions such as scars, tattoos, and pigmented nevi. Called also chemexfoliation and chemical peel.

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