The epidermis is the top layer in this cross section of human skin.
The skin on your body is an example of epidermis.
- the outermost layer of the skin in vertebrates, having no blood vessels and consisting of several layers of cells, covering the dermis
- the outermost layer of cells covering seed plants and ferns
- any of various other integuments
Origin of epidermisLate Latin ; from Classical Greek ; from epi-, upon (see epi-) + derma, the skin: see derma
- The outer, protective, nonvascular layer of the skin of vertebrates, covering the dermis.
- An integument or outer layer of various invertebrates.
- The outermost layer of cells covering the leaves and young parts of a plant.
Origin of epidermisLate Latin, from Greek : epi-, epi- + derma, skin; see der- in Indo-European roots.
- ep′i·der′mal , ep′i·der′mic