stratum corneum

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stratum cor·ne·um

(kôr′nē-əm)
n. pl. strata cornea
The horny outer layer of the epidermis, consisting of several layers of flat, nonnucleated, dead or peeling cells.

[New Latin : stratum + Latin corneum, neuter of corneus, horny; see cornea.]
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Noun1.stratum corneum - the outermost layer of the epidermis consisting of dead cells that slough off
epidermis, cuticle - the outer layer of the skin covering the exterior body surface of vertebrates
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)
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Keratinocyte transglutaminase, TGasel, is essential for the formation of the cornified layer of epidermis and is usually expressed during the latter stages of keratinocyte differentination.
Keratinocyte transglutaminase, TGase1, is essential for the formation of the cornified layer of epidermis and is usually expressed during the latter stages of keratinocyte differentiation.