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

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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 Similarly, the fingertips of the prosthesis are coated with something called an e-dermis, which is made up of layers of pressure sensors. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Pain Is Weird. Making Bionic Arms Feel Pain Is Even Weirder," 22 June 2018 The chemicals have a cooling effect, sending a tingle down your dermis and subsequently, your spine. Iman Hariri-kia, Teen Vogue, "What It Feels Like to Go on Accutane," 11 June 2018 The Reality: These surgery-sparing tools send energy (radiofrequency or ultrasound) deep into the dermis to rev up collagen production. Jolene Edgar, Town & Country, "The Most Overrated Cosmetic Procedures," 23 Sep. 2016 These materials include collagen—the most abundant protein in the dermis, or middle layer of the skin—and fibrin, a protein needed for wound healing. Emily Matchar, Smithsonian, "This Handheld Device Could Print New Skin Onto Burn Victims," 30 May 2018 Deeper peels penetrate the dermis, a deeper layer of the skin which contains sweat glands, nerve endings, hair follicles, sebaceous glands and blood vessels. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The clinical advantage of chemical peels," 16 May 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

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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