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EPIDERMIS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does epidermis mean? 

EPIDERMIS (noun)
  The noun EPIDERMIS has 1 sense:

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

  Familiarity information: EPIDERMIS used as a noun is very rare.


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EPIDERMIS (noun)


Sense 1epidermis [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting body parts

Synonyms:

epidermis; cuticle

Hypernyms ("epidermis" is a kind of...):

stratum (one of several parallel layers of material arranged one on top of another (such as a layer of tissue or cells in an organism or a layer of sedimentary rock))

Meronyms (parts of "epidermis"):

epidermal cell (any of the cells making up the epidermis)

corneum; horny layer; stratum corneum (the outermost layer of the epidermis consisting of dead cells that slough off)

stratum lucidum (the layer of epidermis immediately under the stratum corneum in the skin of the palms and soles)

stratum granulosum (the layer of epidermis just under the stratum corneum or (on the palms and soles) just under the stratum lucidum; contains cells (with visible granules) that die and move to the surface)

malpighian layer; rete Malpighii; stratum basale; stratum germinativum (the innermost layer of the epidermis)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "epidermis"):

mantle; pallium ((zoology) a protective layer of epidermis in mollusks or brachiopods that secretes a substance forming the shell)

Holonyms ("epidermis" is a part of...):

cutis; skin; tegument (a natural protective body covering and site of the sense of touch)


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