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.
- Also called corium.
Other definitions for -dermis (2 of 2)
a combining form meaning “skin,” “layer of tissue,” used in the formation of compound words: exodermis; gastrodermis.
- Compare -derm.
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How to use dermis in a sentence
Feathers, like hairs, arise from epidermal papillae which become imbedded in pits in the dermis.
Hairs are delicate epidermal structures which grow imbedded in little pits or follicles in the dermis.
The skin consists of an outer layer of epiblastic origin, the epidermis, and an inner layer of mesoblastic origin, the dermis.
In the young Jacare mentioned above, I found the dermis to be 27 distinguishable into two layers.
This vesicle is formed by the epidermis detached from the dermis, and elevated as a half sphere by serous liquid within.
British Dictionary definitions for dermis
another name for corium
- dermic, adjective
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Scientific definitions for dermis
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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