the layer of skin just below the epidermis
Origin of dermisModern Latin back-formation ; from Late Latin epidermis, epidermis
The sensitive connective tissue layer of the skin located below the epidermis, containing nerve endings, sweat and sebaceous glands, and blood and lymph vessels. Also called corium, cutis, derma1.
Origin of dermisNew Latin, back-formation from Late Latin epidermis, epidermis; see epidermis.
From New Latin, from Ancient Greek δέρμα (derma, “skin, hide”), from δέρω (dero, “to skin, to flay”).