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

Definition of dermal

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

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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 The team first mixed collagen and human dermal fibroblasts, the two main ingredients in our skin’s connective tissues. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 June 2022 Yussim adds that hyaluronic acid is the same component used by professionals in injectable dermal fillers. Jenna Ryu, USA TODAY, 10 June 2022 More intense treatment options include dermabrasion, corticosteroid injections, laser treatment, cryotherapy, dermal fillers or scar-revision surgery. Dr. Michael Daignault, USA TODAY, 12 May 2022 Follicle Protection Complex zooms in on hair follicle stem cells and dermal papilla cells to promote hair growth. Bianca Salonga, Forbes, 24 Apr. 2022 Located in the Ritz-Carlton Residences on the water, the spa offers everything from life coaching sessions to aesthetic treatments such as dermal fills and peels. John-john Williams Iv, Baltimore Sun, 21 Apr. 2022 These chemical families are commonly used as preservatives and cause dermal irritation as well as hormone disruption. The Salt Lake Tribune, 7 Apr. 2022 Ocular ingestion is thought to pose more of a risk than dermal absorption, but medical experts said the dangers are mitigated with basic safety precautions, like handwashing. Seamus Mcavoy,, 21 Jan. 2022 Each dermal filler brand makes different lines of gooey, gel fillers that vary in thickness, meaning that different goals and subsections within the broad cheek area call for different types of filler, explains Dr. Solish. Kaitlin Clark, Allure, 9 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of dermal

circa 1803, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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25 Jun 2022

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“Dermal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for dermal


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
2 : epidermal

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