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/ ˈdɜr mə /
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Origin of derma

1825–35; New Latin <Greek dérma skin, equivalent to dér(ein) to skin + -ma noun suffix

Other definitions for derma (2 of 3)

[ dur-muh ]
/ ˈdɜr mə /

beef or fowl intestine used as a casing in preparing certain savory dishes, especially kishke.

Origin of derma

<Yiddish derme, plural of darm intestine <Middle High German; akin to Old English thearm gut

Other definitions for derma (3 of 3)


a combining form of derma1, used especially in the names of disorders of the skin: scleroderma; xeroderma.
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What does -derma mean?

The combining form -derma is used like a suffix representing the derma. The derma, also known as the dermis, is the dense inner layer of skin beneath the epidermis, which is the outermost (and thinner) part of the skin that we can see.

The form -derma is specifically used to name skin disorders and is used in many medical terms, especially in pathology. It ultimately comes from the Greek dérma, meaning “skin.”

As you may have already guessed, the Greek dérma is the source of the word derma itself. The word derma is sometimes used like a prefix or directly combined with other word forms, as in dermatherm and dermatome.

The combining form -derma is closely related to other combining forms dealing with various senses of “skin,” including -derm, -dermatous, -dermis, dermato-, dermat-, dermo-, and derm-.

Other variants of dermat- and dermato- are dermo- and derm-. Closely related to dermato- are the combining forms -derm, -derma, -dermatous, and -dermis. Learn more about their specific applications at our Words That Use articles for the forms.

Examples of -derma

One example of a medical term that features the combining form –derma is scleroderma, a disease where the connective tissue in the body becomes hardened and rigid.

The first part of the word, sclero-, means “hard.” The second part of the word, –derma, refers to a disease of the skin. Scleroderma literally translates to “hard skin disease.”

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How to use derma in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for derma (1 of 2)

/ (ˈdɜːmə) /

another name for corium Also: derm (dɜːm)

Word Origin for derma

C18: New Latin, from Greek: skin, from derein to skin

British Dictionary definitions for derma (2 of 2)

/ (ˈdɜːmə) /

beef or fowl intestine used as a casing for certain dishes, esp kishke

Word Origin for derma

from Yiddish derme, plural of darm intestine, from Old High German daram; related to Old English thearm gut, Old Norse tharmr
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