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dermis

[dur-mis] /ˈdɜr mɪs/
noun
1.
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
1820-1830
1820-30; < Neo-Latin; abstracted from epidermis

-dermis

1.
a combining form meaning “skin,” “layer of tissue,” used in the formation of compound words:
exodermis; gastrodermis.
Compare -derm.
Origin
on the model of epidermis; cf. dermis
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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

dermis

/ˈdɜːmɪs/
noun
1.
another name for corium
Derived Forms
dermic, adjective
Word Origin
C19: New Latin, from epidermis
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Word Origin and History for dermis
n.

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

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dermis in Medicine

dermis der·mis (dûr'mĭs)
n.
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.

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dermis in Science
dermis
  (dûr'mĭs)   
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.
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Encyclopedia Article for dermis

the thicker, deeper layer of the skin underlying the epidermis and made up of connective tissue. It is present in varying degrees of development among various vertebrate groups, being relatively thin and simple in aquatic animals and progressively thicker and more complex in terrestrial species

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