Malpighian layer


: the deeper part of the epidermis consisting of cells whose protoplasm has not yet changed into horny material

Word History

First Known Use

1871, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Malpighian layer was in 1871

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“Malpighian layer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2023.

Medical Definition

Malpighian layer

: the deepest part of the epidermis that consists of the stratum basale and stratum spinosum and is the site of mitotic activity
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