epi·​der·​mal | \ ˌe-pə-ˈdər-məl How to pronounce epidermal (audio) \
variants: or less commonly epidermic \ ˌe-​pə-​ˈdər-​mik How to pronounce epidermal (audio) \

Definition of epidermal

: of, relating to, or arising from the epidermis

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Recent Examples on the Web One reason is fewer people are smoking, and improved treatments like epidermal growth-factor receptor tyrosine-kinase inhibitor are able to target non-small cell lung cancer mutations. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The Good News on Cancer," 14 Jan. 2021 These factors contribute to the epidermal thinning, loss of elasticity, and skin fragility that cause the skin to crease. Julie Ricevuto, Allure, "The Science of Beauty: The Complete Guide to Treating Wrinkles," 5 Nov. 2020 Stress hormones negatively impact the immune system and epidermal defenses, making the skin more susceptible to infection. Bill Sullivan, The Conversation, "Science of ‘Seinfeld’," 5 June 2020 Touch is crucial to our mental, emotional, and physical health, as a significant portion of our brains and millions of epidermal cells are devoted to processing information through the skin. Danielle Dorsey, Essence, "Are You Suffering From Touch Hunger During Social Distancing?," 1 June 2020 Moisturizing ingredients, on the other hand, help keep that hydration in the skin by preventing trans-epidermal water loss (TEWL), the process by which water evaporates from your skin. Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "7 Hydrating Skin-Care Ingredients That Will Actually Help Moisturize Dry, Dull Skin," 26 Feb. 2020 Before the first signs of epidermal discomfort take hold, one of the easiest ways to arm yourself is to invest in a humidifier for your bedroom, says Bowe. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Can You Prevent Dry Skin? 4 Expert Tips for Chilly Days Ahead," 13 Sep. 2019 Since then Jones has gotten treatment for John’s skin condition, which veterinarian diagnosed as inflammatory linear verrucous epidermal nevus (ILVEN). Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "Meet Kasey! Puppy Mill Survivor and Winner of the World’s Cutest Rescue Dog Contest," 12 Sep. 2019 Tarceva is a small molecule which disrupts signals transmitted by a protein called the epidermal growth-factor receptor (EGFR). The Economist, "Knives, beams, drugs and antibodiesToday’s anti-cancer tools are ever better wielded," 14 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of epidermal

1816, in the meaning defined above

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“Epidermal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/epidermal. Accessed 19 Apr. 2021.

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epi·​der·​mal | \ ˌep-ə-ˈdər-məl How to pronounce epidermal (audio) \

Medical Definition of epidermal

: of, relating to, or arising from the epidermis

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