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

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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 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 This forms the inner layer of the skin, the dermis. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "Scientists 3D Print Skin That Develops Working Blood Vessels," 18 Nov. 2019 Skin in the Game To make the skin look realistic, the team created a multilayer silicone membrane that's supposed to mimic the multiple dermises of real human skin. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Nobody Asked for Artificial Skin Phone Cases," 19 Oct. 2019 The other selectively heats portions of the upper dermis with fractionated RF, fading wrinkles, fine lines, and acne scars while evening skin tone. Allure, "The Skin-Care Glossary: A Comprehensive Guide to Everything You Need to Know," 17 Aug. 2018 This nonablative device offers two settings that can be used together or separately: One remodels and stimulates collagen growth deep in the dermis, using infrared light and radio frequency (RF). Allure, "The Skin-Care Glossary: A Comprehensive Guide to Everything You Need to Know," 17 Aug. 2018 Anything longer will penetrate the dermis (the second layer of skin, beneath the epidermis), and that opens you up to infection. Courtney Dunlop, Marie Claire, "DIY Derm: Which Beauty and Skincare Treatments Are Okay to Do at Home?," 30 Aug. 2018 Buzz: TempSure is the latest device that emits radio frequency waves deep into your dermis to tighten and lift skin by stimulating collagen production. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "17 Over-the-Top Beauty Treatments to Try Before Your Wedding Day," 13 Dec. 2018

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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 6 Aug. 2020.

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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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