- 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.
Origin of dermis
1820–30; < New Latin; abstracted from epidermis
Also called corium.
- a combining form meaning “skin,” “layer of tissue,” used in the formation of compound words: exodermis; gastrodermis.
Origin of -dermis
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Examples from the Web for dermis
It is not due to any abnormal development of blood-vessels in the dermis.
The epiblast also forms the epidermis; not however the dermis, which is of mesoblastic origin.
The line of junction between the epiblast and the mesoblast coincides with that between the epidermis and the dermis.
A papilla of the dermis makes its appearance, the outer layer of which gradually calcifies to form the dentine and osseous tissue.
A small papilla of the dermis grows into the inner end of the epidermic process when the hair is first formed.
- another name for corium
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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- 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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- 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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