Epidermis Definition

The outermost layer of the skin in vertebrates, having no blood vessels and consisting of several layers of cells, covering the dermis.
Webster's New World
The outermost layer of cells covering seed plants and ferns.
Webster's New World
Any of various other integuments.
Webster's New World

Origin of Epidermis

  • From Latin epidermis, from Ancient Greek ἐπιδερμίς (epidermis) (ἐπί, on top of) + dermis (< δέρμα(derma), skin)

    From Wiktionary

  • Late Latin from Greek epi- epi- derma skin der- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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