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epidermis

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noun epi·der·mis \ˌe-pə-ˈdər-məs\

Simple Definition of epidermis

  • medical : the outer layer of skin

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of epidermis

  1. 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. 2 :  a thin surface layer of tissue in higher plants formed by growth of a primary meristem

Origin and Etymology of epidermis

Late Latin, from Greek, from epi- + derma skin — more at derm-


First Known Use: 1626

Rhymes with epidermis


EPIDERMIS Defined for Kids

epidermis

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noun epi·der·mis \ˌe-pə-ˈdər-məs\

Definition of epidermis for Students

  1. 1 :  a thin outer layer of skin covering the dermis

  2. 2 :  any of various thin outer layers of plants or animals




Medical Dictionary

epidermis

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noun epi·der·mis \-ˈdər-məs\

Medical Definition of epidermis

  1. 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. 2:  any of various animal integuments



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