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Meaning of EPIDERMIS

Pronunciation:  `epi'durmis

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  the outer layer of the skin covering the exterior body surface of vertebrates

EPIDERMIS is a 9 letter word that starts with E.


 Synonyms: cuticle
 See Also: corneum, cutis, epidermal cell, horny layer, malpighian layer, mantle, pallium, rete Malpighii, skin, stratum, stratum basale, stratum corneum, stratum germinativum, stratum granulosum, stratum lucidum, tegument



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ep`i*der"mis\, n. [L., fr. Gr. ?; ? over + ? skin,
fr. ? to skin. See {Tear}, v. t.]
1. (Anat.) The outer, nonsensitive layer of the skin;
   cuticle; scarfskin. See {Dermis}.

2. (Bot.) The outermost layer of the cells, which covers both
   surfaces of leaves, and also the surface of stems, when
   they are first formed. As stems grow old this layer is
   lost, and never replaced.

Medical Dictionary
 Definition: The upper or outer layer of the two main layers of tissue that make up the skin.
Biology Dictionary
  1. The outer epitheial layer of the skin, consisting of a basal layer, a prickle-cell (spinous) layer, a a glandular layer, a clear layer, and a horny layer.
  2. The outermost layer of parenchyma in plants which protects against water loss, abrasions, etc.
 Definition: the outermost layer of the skin.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: blastoderm, border, circumference, corium, cortex, covering, crust, cursoriness, cutis, cutis vera, derma, dermis, ectoblast, ectoderm, endothelium, entoderm, envelope, epiblast, epithelium, exterior, exteriority, external, facade, face, facet, fringe, front, gloss, hypodermis, integument, lineaments, mere scratch, mesoderm, no depth, no water, outer face, outer layer, outer side, outer skin, outline, outside, pavement epithelium, periphery, pinprick, rind, scarfskin, scratch, shallowness, shell, shoaliness, skin, slightness, superficiality, superficies, superstratum, surface, top, triviality, true skin, veneer