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

— see hair illustration

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 Aragón explained that intradermal shots are delivered into the dermis, the layer of skin just below the surface rather than into the deeper subcutaneous layer as is routinely the case for most vaccines. Paul Sisson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Aug. 2022 In response to injury, the body rushes a team of blood cells called macrophages to the site of the tattoo to remove the ink particles that are now in the dermis. Emily Rekstis, Allure, 9 Aug. 2022 The dermis is the second layer of the skin, below the epidermis, which is the visible layer of skin. Dr. Jade Cobern, ABC News, 6 Aug. 2022 The dermis contains collagen and elastin to support its overall structure. Tiffany Dodson, Harper's BAZAAR, 28 June 2022 Its red LEDs go a bit further—at 630 nanometers—to penetrate to the dermis, or middle and thickest layer of the skin. Tiffany Dodson, Harper's BAZAAR, 28 June 2022 What to expect: Juvederm Volite is a thin hyaluronic acid product targeting the dermis. Micaela English, Town & Country, 14 June 2022 The finger was submerged in this solution, and while culturing in an incubator for three days, this artificial ‘dermis’ adhered to the digit as the tissues naturally shrank to produce a solid, close-fitting coating over the finger. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 June 2022 Aloe vera contains enzymes, antioxidants, and vitamins that repair cellular damage, rejuvenate the dermis, and protect to prevent signs of aging. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 May 2022 See More

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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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The first known use of dermis was circa 1830

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2 Sep 2022

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“Dermis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dermis. Accessed 2 Oct. 2022.

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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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