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[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
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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

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)
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
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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