dermis

noun
der·​mis | \ ˈdər-məs How to pronounce dermis (audio) \

Definition of dermis

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the vascular, thick layer of the skin lying below the epidermis and above the superficial fascia that contains fibroblasts, macrophages, mast cells, B cells, and sensory nerve endings and has an extracellular matrix composed of proteoglycans and glycoproteins embedded with collagen and elastin fibers

called also corium, cutis

— see hair illustration

Definition of -dermis (Entry 2 of 2)

: layer of skin or tissue endodermis

Examples of dermis in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Moisturize & Repair Night Cream, a rejuvenating and antioxidant-rich cream that features an emollient delivery system that drives cellular nourishing nutrients beyond the layer of skin and deep into the dermis. Joseph Deacetis, Forbes, "Skincare Products Formulated To Be An Essential Part Of Her Daily Routine," 28 Feb. 2021 Alexiades tightens the upper brow with targeted applications of RF devices like VoluDerm, Morpheus8, and Intracel, which deliver energy into the dermis through ultrafine microneedles. Emily Dougherty, Marie Claire, "Mask On, Botox Up," 10 Feb. 2021 So, any cream or gel that wants to counter aching joints and tight muscles needs to be able to get through the dermis but not as deep as the blood vessels. Purbita Saha, Popular Science, "Can CBD help you chill? Here’s what we know so far.," 4 Jan. 2021 But most do not reach or only barely touch the underlying dermis, where the nerve endings lie, along with blood and lymph vessels and connective tissue. Elizabeth O'day, Scientific American, "Microneedles Could Enable Painless Injections and Blood Draws," 10 Nov. 2020 Sadick tells me that dermaplaning doesn't go deep enough to affect the active stem cells of hair follicles, which are located deeper down in the dermis. Devon Abelman, Allure, "An Allure Editor's Experience With At-Home Dermaplaning," 8 Aug. 2020 And it’s not just the surface layer, either; the sun’s rays can affect the dermis as well as the epidermis. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "What's a Sunburn, and How Do You Avoid It?," 11 July 2020 Sometimes the inflammation can damage the small blood vessels in the dermis, which is why some doctors confuse the condition with blood clotting, Fox said. USA Today, "How does the coronavirus cause COVID toes or loss of smell? Here's how the immune system reacts.," 18 May 2020 The human dermis is awash with dendritic cells that act like scouts, moving around the skin and searching for foreign pathogens. Andrew Zaleski, Popular Mechanics, "So When Will a COVID-19 Vaccine Be Available?," 29 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of dermis

Noun

circa 1830, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dermis

Noun

New Latin, from Late Latin -dermis

Noun combining form

Late Latin, from Greek, from derma

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“Dermis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dermis. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for dermis

dermis

noun
der·​mis | \ ˈdər-məs How to pronounce dermis (audio) \

Kids Definition of dermis

: the inner sensitive layer of the skin

dermis

noun
der·​mis | \ ˈdər-məs How to pronounce dermis (audio) \

Medical Definition of dermis

: the vascular, thick layer of the skin lying below the epidermis and above the superficial fascia that contains fibroblasts, macrophages, mast cells, B cells, and sensory nerve endings and has an extracellular matrix composed of proteoglycans and glycoproteins embedded with collagen and elastin fibers

called also corium, cutis, cutis vera, derma

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