What do a.m. and p.m. stand for?


[dur-mis] /ˈdɜr mɪs/
Anatomy, Zoology. the dense inner layer of skin beneath the epidermis, composed of connective tissue, blood and lymph vessels, sweat glands, hair follicles, and an elaborate sensory nerve network.
Also called corium.
Origin of dermis
1820-30; < New Latin; abstracted from epidermis


a combining form meaning “skin,” “layer of tissue,” used in the formation of compound words:
exodermis; gastrodermis.
Compare -derm.
on the model of epidermis; cf. dermis Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for dermis
  • At first, melanoma cells are found in the epidermis and top layers of the dermis.
  • The dermis includes collagen, elastin, and nerve endings.
  • If they are deep enough in the dermis they should be somewhat permanent.
  • Invasive cancers have spread from the epidermis into the dermis below.
  • These cells multiply and line the channels left by the dermis's original blood vessels.
  • In some extremely severe cases the damage may extend past the dermis to the subcutaneous layer of skin.
  • Eventually they reach living cells in the epidermis and dermis, where they meet up with a slew of new chemical partners.
British Dictionary definitions for dermis


another name for corium
Derived Forms
dermic, adjective
Word Origin
C19: New Latin, from epidermis
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for dermis

1830, perhaps from Latinized form of Greek derma "skin" (see derma); or perhaps a back-formation from epidermis.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
dermis in Medicine

dermis der·mis (dûr'mĭs)
The sensitive connective tissue layer of the skin located below the epidermis, containing nerve endings, sweat and sebaceous glands, and blood and lymph vessels. Also called corium, cutis vera, derma1.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Cite This Source
dermis in Science
The innermost layer of the skin in vertebrate animals. The dermis lies under the epidermis and contains nerve endings and blood and lymph vessels. In mammals, the dermis also contains hair follicles and sweat glands.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for dermis

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for dermis

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for dermis