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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n epidermis the outer layer of the skin covering the exterior body surface of vertebrates
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Epidermis Epidermis

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The reason why tattoos do not vanish even though we shed our skin is because the dye is injected deeper into the dermis part of the skin. It is only the epidermis that we shed
    • Epidermis (Anat) The outer, nonsensitive layer of the skin; cuticle; scarfskin. See Dermis.
    • Epidermis (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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n epidermis In anatomy, the cuticle or scarfskin; the non-vascular outer layer of the skin. Its outer portions usually consist of flattened or hardened cells in one or more layers, cohering into a pellicle, which readily peels off and is constantly being shed and renewed. It is derived from the epiblast, and is entered by fine nerve-fibrils, but by no blood-vessels. The following strata are recognized, from without inward: stratum corneum, stratum granulosum, and stratum spinosum. See cuts under skin and sweat-gland.
    • n epidermis In zoology, broadly, some or any outermost integument or tegumentary covering or envelop of the body, or some part of the body: a term nearly synonymous with exoskeleton. Thus, nails, claws, hoofs, horns, scales, feathers, etc., consist of much thickened or otherwise specialized epidermis; the whole skin which a snake sheds is epidermis.
    • n epidermis In embryology, the outermost blastodermic membrane; the ectoderm or epiblast, which will in due course become an epidermis proper.
    • n epidermis In conchology, specifically, the rind or peel covering the shell of a mollusk; the external animal integument of the shell, as distinguished from the shell-substance proper: commonly found as a tough, fibrous, or stringy dark-colored bark, which readily peels off in shreds.
    • n epidermis In botany, the outer layer or layers of cells covering the surfaces of plants.
    • n epidermis Also epiderm.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Epidermis ep-i-dėr′mis scarf-skin or cuticle, forming an external covering of a protective nature for the true skin or corium
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  • Jean Baudrillard
    “Boredom is like a pitiless zooming in on the epidermis of time. Every instant is dilated and magnified like the pores of the face.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr. ; over + skin, fr. to skin. See Tear (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. epidermisepi, upon, derma, the skin.


In literature:

I take a scrap of the epidermis and manage to separate pretty neatly half of one of the shining belts.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
There is comparatively little bleeding, and the raw surface rapidly becomes covered with epidermis.
"Manual of Surgery Volume Second: Extremities--Head--Neck. Sixth Edition." by Alexander Miles
I've got the epidermis of a crocodile!
"Counsel for the Defense" by Leroy Scott
ALBINUS, thickness of the epidermis on the palms of the hands in man, ii.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
Russell is not able to find out the epidermis under a shirt.
"Diary from March 4, 1861, to November 12, 1862" by Adam Gurowski
This aids in preventing decay and slipping of the epidermis.
"Taxidermy" by Leon Luther Pray
Who would have imagined that the nervous system is a modified portion of the primitive epidermis?
"Essays: Scientific, Political, & Speculative, Vol. I" by Herbert Spencer
Epidermis of valves, 31.
"A Monograph on the Sub-class Cirripedia (Volume 1 of 2)" by Charles Darwin
The setae are invariably formed each within an epidermic cell, and they are sheathed in involutions of the epidermis.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 7" by Various
Adaptations have been observed in both the energy-absorbing pigments of the general tissues and in the ornamental epidermis pigments of plants.
"The Chemistry of Plant Life" by Roscoe Wilfred Thatcher
I've vurry little use for affections of the epidermis.
"One-Act Plays" by Various
They were all dead shells, about one and a-half inches long, and the epidermis was wanting.
"Beautiful Shells of New Zealand" by E. G. B. Moss
The cells of the ommatidium are a good deal larger than the neighbouring common cells of the epidermis.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 3" by Various
The nerve-end-cells, which lie below the lens, are part of the general epidermis.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 6" by Various
According to Fulleborn (1908) they do not penetrate beneath the epidermis.
"Handbook of Medical Entomology" by William Albert Riley
Many sense-cells lie in the epidermis.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 10" by Various
The skin of the colossus was covered with a white sweat that appeared to be oozing from every pore of his dark epidermis.
"The Maroon" by Mayne Reid
He discovered silica in the epidermis of the stems of weeds, corn, and grasses.
"Famous Men of Science" by Sarah K. Bolton
A tiny stream laced the silken epidermis of her hand, and trickled to the tips of her fingers.
"The White Gauntlet" by Mayne Reid
The epidermis frequently bears hairs of various kinds.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia" by Various

In poetry:

Though dear grandma quite infirm is,
Heartless Hannah watched her settle,
With her poor old epidermis
Resting up against a nettle.
"Inconsiderate Hannah" by Harry Graham
"Older than the beasts, the oldest Palaeotherium;
Older than the trees, the oldest Cryptogami;
Older than the hills, those infantile eruptions
Of earth's epidermis!
"To The Pliocene Skull" by Francis Bret Harte

In news:

Portraits that get beneath the epidermis .
Cell Communication in the Basal Cells of the Human Epidermis .
Jeans are an extension of your very skin (can you think of another singular piece of clothing that is as close to your epidermis as often as your jeans?
Microstructured transdermal systems can deliver a vaccine in close proximity to the antigen-presenting cells in the epidermis.
Basal and squamous cell skin cancers (considered non- melanomas ) start at the base of the skin's outer layer (the epidermis) in the basal and squamous cells.
Basal and squamous cell skin cancers (considered non-melanomas) start at the base of the skin 's outer layer (the epidermis) in the basal and squamous cells.
What to do when sweaty workouts and stress send your epidermis into overdrive Find out now.
The skin — the largest organ of the body — is made up of a thin outer layer (called the epidermis) and a thicker outer layer (called the dermis).
New skin cells, manufactured in the epidermis, migrate to the outer layer of skin.
Both of those treatments are very superficial in the dermis, epidermis (layers of the skin).
Facial mesotherapy, the lunchtime treatment in which complexion-brightening vitamins are shot four to six millimeters below the epidermis to improve skin's texture and tone.

In science:

Local processes in derma and epidermis will be described in details in the second part of the monograph. The given book is the authorized translation of the book, published in Russian (ISBN 978-5-905504-01-3; edition r4.0).
Model of pathogenesis of psoriasis. Part 1. Systemic psoriatic process
Standard duration of epidermis cell life (renewal period) for areas of skin with average thickness is 20-25 days. Psoriasis accelerates self-renewal. Cells live 4-10 days (Baker 2000, Iizuka 2004, Weinstein 1985). Cells migrating outside have no time to differentiate and they aren’t quite functional.
Model of pathogenesis of psoriasis. Part 1. Systemic psoriatic process