epidermis


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ep·i·der·mis

 (ĕp′ĭ-dûr′mĭs)
n.
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.

epidermis

(ˌɛpɪˈdɜːmɪs)
n
1. (Biology) Also called: cuticle the thin protective outer layer of the skin, composed of stratified epithelial tissue
2. (Anatomy) the outer layer of cells of an invertebrate
3. (Botany) the outer protective layer of cells of a plant, which may be thickened by a cuticle
[C17: via Late Latin from Greek, from epi- + derma skin]
ˌepiˈdermal, ˌepiˈdermic, ˌepiˈdermoid adj

ep•i•der•mis

(ˌɛp ɪˈdɜr mɪs)

n.
1. the outermost, nonvascular, nonsensitive layer of the skin, covering the dermis.
2. the outer epithelial layer of animal tissue.
3. a thin layer of cells forming the outer integument of seed plants and ferns.
[1620–30; < Late Latin < Greek epidermís. See epi-, derma1]
ep`i•der′mal, ep`i•der′mic, adj.

ep·i·der·mis

(ĕp′ĭ-dûr′mĭs)
1. The protective outer layer of the skin of an animal. In invertebrate animals, the epidermis is made up of a single layer of cells. In vertebrates, the epidermis is made up of many layers of cells and overlies the dermis. Hair and feathers grow from the epidermis.
2. The outer layer of cells of the stems, roots, and leaves of plants. The cells of the epidermis are set close together to protect the plant from water loss, invasion by fungi, and physical damage. See more at photosynthesis.

epidermis


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1. The protective outer layer of plants and animals.
2. The skin’s outer layer.
3. The outermost layer of the skin.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.epidermis - the outer layer of the skin covering the exterior body surface of vertebratesepidermis - the outer layer of the skin covering the exterior body surface of vertebrates
cutis, skin, tegument - a natural protective body covering and site of the sense of touch; "your skin is the largest organ of your body"
epidermal cell - any of the cells making up the epidermis
corneum, horny layer, stratum corneum - the outermost layer of the epidermis consisting of dead cells that slough off
stratum lucidum - the layer of epidermis immediately under the stratum corneum in the skin of the palms and soles
stratum granulosum - the layer of epidermis just under the stratum corneum or (on the palms and soles) just under the stratum lucidum; contains cells (with visible granules) that die and move to the surface
malpighian layer, rete Malpighii, stratum basale, stratum germinativum - the innermost layer of the epidermis
pallium, mantle - (zoology) a protective layer of epidermis in mollusks or brachiopods that secretes a substance forming the shell
stratum - one of several parallel layers of material arranged one on top of another (such as a layer of tissue or cells in an organism or a layer of sedimentary rock)

epidermis

noun
The tissue forming the external covering of the body:
Translations

epidermis

[ˌepɪˈdɜːmɪs] Nepidermis f

epidermis

[ˌɛpɪˈdɜːrmɪs] népiderme m

epidermis

nEpidermis f, → Oberhaut f

epidermis

[ɛpɪˈdɜːmɪs] n (Anat, Bot, Zool) → epidermide f

ep·i·der·mis

n. epidermis, cubierta externa epitelial de la piel.
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Jussac was, as was then said, a fine blade, and had had much practice; nevertheless it required all his skill to defend himself against an adversary who, active and energetic, departed every instant from received rules, attacking him on all sides at once, and yet parrying like a man who had the greatest respect for his own epidermis.
Just the same as though you prayed that a physician might only be called upon to prescribe for headaches, measles, and the stings of wasps, or any other slight affection of the epidermis.
Gliddon was of opinion, from the redness of the epidermis, that the embalmment had been effected altogether by asphaltum; but, on scraping the surface with a steel instrument, and throwing into the fire some of the powder thus obtained, the flavor of camphor and other sweet-scented gums became apparent.
Our outside and often thin and fanciful clothes are our epidermis, or false skin, which partakes not of our life, and may be stripped off here and there without fatal injury; our thicker garments, constantly worn, are our cellular integument, or cortex; but our shirts are our liber, or true bark, which cannot be removed without girdling and so destroying the man.
He considered his throat, epidermis, and the hairs of his head as the three principal seats of emotion.
Mantle of Gomphina veneriformis is a thin membrane with structure in which the simple epidermis is wrapped on the top and bottom of the centrally located connective tissue in the cross section.
Because the dermis doesn't regenerate like the epidermis, tattoos last for a lifetime.
The next layer of skin, called the dermis (DUR-mis), is much thicker than the epidermis.
Cells in the deepest layer of your epidermis divide constantly to make new cells.
When cells in the outermost layer of the epidermis die, they harden into a type of protein called keratin.
It is considered an effective barrier essential to the protection of the internal milieu from the external environment; however, there are several reports of particle penetration into the stratum corneum and hair follicles, and a report of increased titanium in the epidermis and dermis following the application of sunscreens containing titanium dioxide (Lademann et al.
The dream she went on to pursue, once she left the button-down world of Big Five accounting, went well beyond piercing her epidermis with pigment-laden needles.