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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.
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Origin of dermis

1820–30; < New Latin; abstracted from epidermis
Also called corium.


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

on the model of epidermis; cf. dermis
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  1. another name for corium
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Derived Formsdermic, adjective

Word Origin

C19: New Latin, from epidermis
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Word Origin and History for dermis


1830, perhaps from Latinized form of Greek derma "skin" (see derma); or perhaps a back-formation from epidermis.

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dermis in Medicine


  1. The sensitive connective tissue layer of the skin located below the epidermis, containing nerve endings, sweat and sebaceous glands, and blood and lymph vessels.corium cutis vera derma
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dermis in Science


  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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