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variant of -dermatous, usually with nouns (melanoderm; pachyderm), or variant of -dermis (blastoderm; ectoderm; mesoderm).
Origin of -derm
probably < French -derme (< Greek -dermos -skinned, adj. derivative of dérma skin; or < -dermis -dermis); or directly < Greek -dermos Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for -derm


combining form
indicating skin: endoderm
Word Origin
via French from Greek derma skin
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Word Origin and History for -derm

word-forming element meaning "skin," from Greek derma "skin, hide, leather" (see derma).

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-derm in Medicine

-derm suff.
Skin; covering: blastoderm.

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