Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The skin in general; a skin.
  • noun The true skin, corium, or derma underlying the cuticle or scarf-skin. See cut under skin.
  • noun 3. A firmer tissue of some fungi, forming an outer covering.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Anat.) See dermis.

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  • noun anatomy The true skin or dermis, underlying the epidermis.

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  • noun a natural protective body covering and site of the sense of touch

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin, skin; see (s)keu- in Indo-European roots.]

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From Latin cutis ("living skin")

Examples

  • The Jewish operator, after snipping off the foreskin, rips up the prepuce with his sharp thumb-nails so that the external cutis does not retract far from the internal; and the wound, when healed, shows a narrow ring of cicatrice.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • [2862] Helleborum frustra cum jam cutis aegra tumebit,

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Note 115: Canon, 1.3.1, fol. 65va: "Causa vero quare nobis necessarium est corpus eius durum facere, est quoniam illico cum nascitur, omnia que ipsum tangunt ei nocitiva sunt, sive calida sive frigida sive aspera sentiat ea, et hoc quidem est propter cutis eius subtilitatem, et propter calorem eius."

    A Tender Age: Cultural Anxieties over the Child in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries

  • When, however, the wound is very large, the flow of blood and serum is so profuse, especially during the first twenty-four hours, that the antiseptic application cannot prevent the spread of decomposition into the interior unless it overlaps the sound skin for a very considerable distance, and this was inadmissible by the method described above, on account of the extensive sloughing of the surface of the cutis which it would involve.

    On the Antiseptic Principle of the Practice of Surgery

  • A small portion of a thread imbrued in the virus (as in the old method of inoculating the smallpox) and laid upon the slightly incised skin might probably prove a successful way of giving the disease; or the cutis might be exposed in a minute point by an atom of blistering plaster, and the virus brought in contact with it.

    On Vaccination Against Smallpox

  • Variolous matter was inserted into both his arms: in the right, by means of superficial incisions, and into the left by slight punctures into the cutis.

    On Vaccination Against Smallpox

  • Variolous matter was inserted into both his arms: in the right, by means of superficial incisions, and into the left by slight punctures into the cutis.

    On Vaccination Against Smallpox

  • When, however, the wound is very large, the flow of blood and serum is so profuse, especially during the first twenty-four hours, that the antiseptic application cannot prevent the spread of decomposition into the interior unless it overlaps the sound skin for a very considerable distance, and this was inadmissible by the method described above, on account of the extensive sloughing of the surface of the cutis which it would involve.

    On the Antiseptic Principle of the Practice of Surgery

  • A small portion of a thread imbrued in the virus (as in the old method of inoculating the smallpox) and laid upon the slightly incised skin might probably prove a successful way of giving the disease; or the cutis might be exposed in a minute point by an atom of blistering plaster, and the virus brought in contact with it.

    On Vaccination Against Smallpox

  • Of wounds, indeed, it is rightly and truly said, Nemo repente fuit turpissimus. 15 I was once, I remember, called to a patient who had received a violent contusion in his tibia, by which the exterior cutis was lacerated, so that there was a profuse sanguinary discharge; and the interior membranes were so divellicated, that the os or bone very plainly appeared through the aperture of the vulnus or wound.

    The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

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