Origin of derma1
Other definitions for derma (2 of 3)
Origin of derma2
Other definitions for derma (3 of 3)
WORDS THAT USE -DERMA
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.”
What are some words that use the combining form –derma?
- leukoderma (formed in New Latin)
What are some other forms that –derma may be commonly confused with?
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How to use derma in a sentence
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Because taxidermy uses “derma” (skin) to create a lifelike replica, a preserved creature triggers deep emotions in us.Cool, Dead, and Stuffed|Melissa Milgrom|March 11, 2010|DAILY BEAST
On its bursting, the blood flowed through the derma or thick skin over a round surface of the diameter of about half an inch.
Directly after the rupture of the vesicle and the escape of the fluid, blood begins to ooze from the bare derma.
It enters through small holes in the derma into a subdermal cavity, which separates the membrane from the bulk of the sponge.Freshwater Sponges, Hydroids & Polyzoa|Nelson Annandale
The connective-tissue elements in the derma are also swollen, and exhibit reversion to the embryonal state.
It is not only admissible, but preferable, not to wound the derma at all.