EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun . Anatomy the outer, nonvascular, nonsensitive layer of the skin, covering the true skin or corium. . Zoology the outermost living layer of an animal, usually composed of one or more layers of cells. . Botany a thin layer of cells forming the outer integument of seed plants and ferns. Origin of epidermis 1620–30;
surface skin <
upper skin. See
derma 1 Related forms ep·i·der·mal, ep·i·der·mic, adjective ep·i·der·mi·cal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for epidermal Historical Examples of epidermal Epidermal cells with sinuous thick walls, and a few tooth-hairs.
(g) The baleen of whales also belongs to the
The crural glands, which occur in many terrestrial Arthropods, are
epidermal in origin and totally distinct from the coxal glands.
epidermal covering of snakes and lizards is periodically molted, or, as we say, the skin is shed.
The different species have characteristic tubes, formed by mucus secreted by
epidermal glands. British Dictionary definitions for epidermal noun Also called: cuticle the thin protective outer layer of the skin, composed of stratified epithelial tissue the outer layer of cells of an invertebrate the outer protective layer of cells of a plant, which may be thickened by a cuticle Derived Forms epidermal, epidermic or epidermoid, adjective Word Origin for epidermis
C17: via Late Latin from Greek, from
epi- + derma skin
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Word Origin and History for epidermal n.
1620s, from Greek
epidermis, from epi "on" (see epi-) + derma "skin" (see derma). Related: Epidermal; epidermic.
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n. The nonvascular outer protective layer of the skin, covering the dermis. Related forms ep′i•der ( ′mal -məl) null adj.
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The protective outer layer of the skin. In invertebrate animals, the epidermis is made up of a single layer of cells. In vertebrates, it is made up of many layers of cells and overlies the dermis. Hair and feathers grow from the epidermis. The outer layer of cells of the stems, roots, and leaves of plants. In most plants, the epidermis is a single layer of cells set close together to protect the plant from water loss, invasion by fungi, and physical damage. The epidermis that is exposed to air is covered with a protective substance called cuticle. See more at photosynthesis.
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epidermis [(ep-uh- dur-mis)]
The outside layers of the
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