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dermatome

[ dur-muh-tohm ]

noun

  1. Anatomy. an area of skin that is supplied with the nerve fibers of a single, posterior, spinal root.
  2. Surgery. a mechanical instrument for cutting thin sections of skin for grafting.
  3. Embryology. the part of a mesodermal somite contributing to the development of the dermis.


dermatome

/ ˌdɜːməˈtɒmɪk; ˈdɜːməˌtəʊm /

noun

  1. a surgical instrument for cutting thin slices of skin, esp for grafting
  2. the area of skin supplied by nerve fibres from a single posterior spinal root
  3. embryol the part of a somite in a vertebrate embryo that gives rise to the dermis


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Derived Forms

  • dermatomic, adjective

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Other Words From

  • der·ma·tom·ic [dur-m, uh, -, tom, -ik], derma·tomal adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of dermatome1

First recorded in 1925–30; derma 1 + -tome

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