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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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Palmar and plantar epidermal ridge configurations (dermatoglyphics) in European Americans.
Palmar and planter epidermal ridge configurations in European-Americans.
Frequency of fork in epidermal ridge minutiae in fingerprint.
Prenatal development of dermatoglyphic patterns: Associations with epidermal ridge, volar pad and bone morphology, Collegium Antropologicum (1987) 11(2):297-303.
Dermatoglyphics is the scientific study of epidermal ridge configurations of fingers, toes, palms and soles.
Plantar epidermal ridge configuration (dermatoglyphics) in Europeans and Americans.
Palmar and plantar epidermal ridge configuration (Dermatoglyphics) in Europeans and Americans.