[ dur-mis ]
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  1. Anatomy, Zoology. the dense inner layer of skin beneath the epidermis, composed of connective tissue, blood and lymph vessels, sweat glands, hair follicles, and an elaborate sensory nerve network.

Origin of dermis

1820–30; <New Latin; abstracted from epidermis

Other definitions for -dermis (2 of 2)


  1. a combining form meaning “skin,” “layer of tissue,” used in the formation of compound words: exodermis; gastrodermis.

Origin of -dermis

On the model of epidermis; cf. dermis Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use dermis in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for dermis


/ (ˈdɜːmɪs) /

  1. another name for corium

Origin of dermis

C19: New Latin, from epidermis

Derived forms of dermis

  • dermic, adjective

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Scientific definitions for dermis


[ dûrmĭs ]

  1. The innermost layer of the skin in vertebrate animals. The dermis lies under the epidermis and contains nerve endings and blood and lymph vessels. In mammals, the dermis also contains hair follicles and sweat glands.

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