epidermis


epi·der·mis

noun \ˌe-pə-ˈdər-məs\

medical : the outer layer of skin

Full Definition of EPIDERMIS

1
a :  the outer epithelial layer of the external integument of the animal body that is derived from the embryonic epiblast; specifically :  the outer nonsensitive and nonvascular layer of the skin of a vertebrate that overlies the dermis
b :  any of various animal integuments
2
:  a thin surface layer of tissue in higher plants formed by growth of a primary meristem

Origin of EPIDERMIS

Late Latin, from Greek, from epi- + derma skin — more at derm-
First Known Use: 1626

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epi·der·mis

noun \-ˈdər-məs\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of EPIDERMIS

1
: the outer epithelial layer of the external integument of the animal body that is derived from the embryonic epiblast; specifically : the outer nonsensitive and nonvascular layer of the skin of a vertebrate that overlies the dermis
2
: any of various animal integuments

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