[kawr-ee-uh m, kohr-]
noun, plural co·ri·a [kawr-ee-uh, kohr-] /ˈkɔr i ə, ˈkoʊr-/.
  1. Anatomy, Zoology. dermis.
  2. Entomology. the thickened, leathery, basal portion of a hemelytron.

Origin of corium

1645–55; < Latin: skin, hide, leather Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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noun plural -ria (-rɪə)
  1. Also called: derma, dermis the deep inner layer of the skin, beneath the epidermis, containing connective tissue, blood vessels, and fat
  2. entomol the leathery basal part of the forewing of hemipterous insects

Word Origin for corium

C19: from Latin: rind, skin, leather
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Word Origin and History for corium

1650s, from Latin corium "skin, hide, leather," related to cortex "bark," scortum "skin, hide," from PIE root *(s)ker- (1) "to cut" (cf. Sanskrit krtih "hide;" Old Church Slavonic scora "skin," Russian skora "hide," kora "bark;" Welsh corwg "boat made with leather skins;" Old English sceran "to cut, shear;" see shear (v.)). Related: Coriaceous.

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corium in Medicine


n. pl. co•ri•a (kôrē-ə)
  1. dermis
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