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[dur-muh l]
  1. of or relating to the skin.
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Also dermic.

Origin of dermal

First recorded in 1795–1805; derm(a)1 + -al1
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Examples from the Web for dermal

Historical Examples

  • The skin is in most forms at any rate unprovided with dermal scutes.

    The Vertebrate Skeleton

    Sidney H. Reynolds

  • That is what they call the dermal nitrate test, I believe is the correct name that they give it.

    Warren Commission (7 of 26): Hearings Vol. VII (of 15)

    The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

  • Dermal structures that undergo ontogenetic change are of little importance in comparing a juvenile with a large adult.

  • The copious secretion of the dermal glands is of especially glutinous quality in Gastrophryne.

  • A bloated toad, studded with dermal excrescences, was boasting that she was the wartiest creature alive.

    Cobwebs From an Empty Skull

    Ambrose Bierce (AKA: Dod Grile)

British Dictionary definitions for dermal


  1. of or relating to the skin
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Word Origin and History for dermal


1803; see derm + -al (1). A native formation, the Greek adjective would be dermatikos, yielding *dermatic.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

dermal in Medicine


  1. Of or relating to the skin or dermis.
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dermal in Science


  1. Relating to or involving the skin.
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