|1.||Also called: cuticle the thin protective outer layer of the skin, composed of stratified epithelial tissue|
|2.||the outer layer of cells of an invertebrate|
|3.||the outer protective layer of cells of a plant, which may be thickened by a cuticle|
|[C17: via Late Latin from Greek, from |
epidermis ep·i·der·mis (ěp'ĭ-dûr'mĭs)
The nonvascular outer protective layer of the skin, covering the dermis.
|epidermis (ěp'ĭ-dûr'mĭs) Pronunciation Key
The outside layers of the skin.