der·​mal | \ ˈdər-məl How to pronounce dermal (audio) \

Definition of dermal

1 : of or relating to skin and especially to the dermis : cutaneous

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The word dermal often comes up nowadays in connection with cosmetic treatments. Dermal therapy usually means restoring moisture to dry, cracked skin. Dermal fillers such as collagen can be injected to fill in acne scars or reduce wrinkles. These have now been joined by treatments like Botox, which paralyzes facial dermal muscles, again in order to reduce wrinkles (since those dermal muscles are used to form expressions). A synonym for dermal is cutaneous.

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Recent Examples on the Web Besides lips, dermal filler can be used to enhance other areas, like cheeks. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'This is what I was meant to do': Former ICU nurse opens beauty injection boutique in New Berlin," 9 Jan. 2020 For a mild case, injections of dermal fillers or even fat can help add definition to a chin. Kaitlyn Pirie, Good Housekeeping, "What Causes a Double Chin and How to Get Rid of It, According to a Plastic Surgeon," 7 Jan. 2020 Interestingly, the cemani, which is found in Indonesia, is just the most extreme example of what scientists call dermal hyperpigmentation. Jason Bittel, National Geographic, "This chicken has black bones, organs, and meat: Here’s why.," 16 Sep. 2019 Shafer suggests SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum or Senté Dermal Repair Cream, as both work at the cellular level to enhance collagen and dermal repair within the skin. Audrey Noble, Harper's BAZAAR, "How To Get Rid of Laugh Lines With Five Expert-Approved Tips," 25 June 2019 Imagine a dermal patch that integrates these chips with nanoneedles, which inject their output into the skin’s epithelial cells. Andrew Hessel, Ars Technica, "Printing vaccines at the pharmacy or at home will be the way of the future," 20 June 2019 Each developed this dermal feature for a very different reason: the worm uses it to catch its prey, whereas the frog uses it to deter predators. Dani Rabaiotti, Quartz, "What animal farts—yes, animal farts—can teach us about climate change," 18 June 2019 Additionally, the light stimulates the dermal layers of the skin and produce additional collagen. Marci Robin, Good Housekeeping, "10 Tried-and-True Ways to Get Rid of Pimples Fast," 14 June 2019 Whatever your personal opinion is on injectables like Botox and dermal fillers, these minimally invasive cosmetics procedures are increasingly discussed on public platforms. Glamour, "8 Things You Should Know Before Getting Injectibles," 10 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of dermal

circa 1803, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of dermal was circa 1803

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24 Jan 2020

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“Dermal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Feb. 2020.

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der·​mal | \ ˈdər-məl How to pronounce dermal (audio) \

Kids Definition of dermal

: of or relating to skin


der·​mal | \ ˈdər-məl How to pronounce dermal (audio) \

Medical Definition of dermal

1 : of or relating to skin and especially to the dermis : cutaneous

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