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1. The outer, protective, nonvascular layer of the skin of vertebrates, covering the dermis.
2. An integument or outer layer of various invertebrates.
3. The outermost layer of cells covering the leaves and young parts of a plant.

[Late Latin, from Greek : epi-, epi- + derma, skin; see der- in Indo-European roots.]

ep′i·der′mal (-məl), ep′i·der′mic adj.
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Adj.1.epidermal - of or relating to a cuticle or cuticula
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It is believed that the pathophisiology of laminitis is related to high degradation of the basement membrane (BM), caused by metalloproteases (MMPs), and/or loss of hemidesmosomes present in the secondary epidermal laminae.
It was possible to observe, through immunohistochemistry, marking of both Metalloproteases, 2 and 9, which was found on the cytoplasm of basement cells (CB) that occurs on the secondary epidermal laminae (SEL).

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