- Epidermis is defined as the outer layer of skin, cells or tissue.
The skin on your body is an example of epidermis.
The epidermis is the top layer in this cross section of human skin.
- 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