dermis

[dur-mis]
noun
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:
1820–30; < Neo-Latin; abstracted from epidermis

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-dermis

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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dermis (ˈdɜːmɪs)
 
n
another name for corium
 
[C19: New Latin, from epidermis]
 
'dermic
 
adj

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dermis
1830, from Mod.L., from Gk. derma "skin."
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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   (dûr'mĭs)  Pronunciation Key 
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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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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Example sentences
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.
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