What does epidermis mean?

Definitions for epidermisˌɛp ɪˈdɜr mɪs

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. epidermis, cuticle(noun)

    the outer layer of the skin covering the exterior body surface of vertebrates


  1. epidermis(Noun)

    The outer, protective layer of the skin of vertebrates, covering the dermis

  2. epidermis(Noun)

    The similar outer layer of cells in invertebrates and plants

  3. Origin: From epidermis, from ἐπιδερμίς (ἐπί, on top of) + dermis (< δέρμα(derma), skin)

Webster Dictionary

  1. Epidermis(verb)

    the outer, nonsensitive layer of the skin; cuticle; scarfskin. See Dermis

  2. Epidermis(verb)

    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

  3. Origin: [L., fr. Gr. ; over + skin, fr. to skin. See Tear, v. t.]


  1. Epidermis

    The epidermis is composed of the outermost layers of cells in the skin, "epi" in Greek meaning "over" or "upon", which together with the dermis forms the cutis. The epidermis is a stratified squamous epithelium, composed of proliferating basal and differentiated suprabasal keratinocytes which acts as the body's major barrier against an inhospitable environment, by preventing pathogens from entering, making the skin a natural barrier to infection. It also regulates the amount of water released from the body into the atmosphere through transepidermal water loss. In humans, it is thinnest on the eyelids at 0.05 mm and thickest on the palms and soles at 1.5 mm. It is ectodermal in origin.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Epidermis

    ep-i-dėr′mis, n. scarf-skin or cuticle, forming an external covering of a protective nature for the true skin or corium.—adjs. Epider′matoid; Epider′mic, Epider′mal, Epider′midal. [Gr. epidermisepi, upon, derma, the skin.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Epidermis

    The external, nonvascular layer of the skin. It is made up, from within outward, of five layers of EPITHELIUM: (1) basal layer (stratum basale epidermidis); (2) spinous layer (stratum spinosum epidermidis); (3) granular layer (stratum granulosum epidermidis); (4) clear layer (stratum lucidum epidermidis); and (5) horny layer (stratum corneum epidermidis).

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of epidermis in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of epidermis in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Lorenzo Lynch:

    The dual system or the dual treatment, i don't want to think about the epidermis but some people are thinking that way.

  2. Paula Simpson:

    As we age, the epidermis (the skin’s outer layer) thins and weakens, making it susceptible to dehydration and wrinkling.

  3. Professor Karsten Koenig:

    We've seen the epidermis get thinner by nearly 20 percent. And so far we have no explanation. But this happened within six months; the question is if you go to Mars they need one or two years and we don't know yet - for sure it's not so good if the epidermis gets thinner and thinner.

  4. Professor Karsten Koenig:

    So far we've got interesting results from three astronauts. It seems that there is a strong production of collagen; so suddenly these astronauts have more collagen. It means there is some sort of anti-ageing effect, at least in the dermis - the lower part of the skin. And we found that the epidermis, in particular the part of the living cells, that this epidermis is shrinking, so the skin gets thinner, so far we have no explanation yet, and we are waiting for the other astronauts to figure out what's going on and maybe to try to figure out how we can protect, how we can help so that this epidermis is not shrinking.

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