dermal

adjective

der·​mal ˈdər-məl How to pronounce dermal (audio)
1
: of or relating to skin and especially to the dermis : cutaneous
2

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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.

Examples of dermal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Vergara has seen success from the use of dermal fillers in conjunction with the lip flip. Dahvi Shira, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 Ultimately, the best way to determine if someone’s a candidate for the lip flip, dermal fillers or any injectable treatments is to speak to a professional. Dahvi Shira, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 Xi Huang, PhD, is a cosmetic scientist, dermal tech developer, and founder of I-on Skin-care, based in New Jersey. Marisa Petrarca, Allure, 6 Sep. 2023 For scarring that doesn't improve with these products, your healthcare provider may suggest other treatments, including dermal filler injections, dermabrasion, and laser therapy. Sheeren Jegtvig, Verywell Health, 15 Feb. 2024 These proteins allow water molecules to flow in and out of cells, explains Xi Huang, PhD, is a cosmetic scientist, dermal tech developer, and founder of I-on Skin-care, based in New Jersey. Marisa Petrarca, Allure, 6 Sep. 2023 Also available are sonography, 3-D dermal scanning, stress-hormone testing, micronutrient analysis, a post-COVID rehabilitation program, and a host of other body, mind, and aesthetic treatments. Maria Shollenbarger, Travel + Leisure, 16 Sep. 2023 One 2019 review of current research found that collagen consumption may help with short- and long-term benefits for things like wound healing, skin elasticity, hydration, and dermal collagen density. Kristine Thomason, Glamour, 29 Aug. 2023 Resistance training, like weightlifting, might offer additional anti-aging benefits, like increasing skin elasticity and dermal thickness. Stephanie Brown, Verywell Health, 14 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Dermal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dermal. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

dermal

adjective
der·​mal ˈdər-məl How to pronounce dermal (audio)
: of or relating to the dermis or epidermis : cutaneous

Medical Definition

dermal

adjective
der·​mal ˈdər-məl How to pronounce dermal (audio)
1
: of or relating to skin and especially to the dermis : cutaneous
2

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