Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The sensitive connective tissue layer of the skin located below the epidermis, containing nerve endings, sweat and sebaceous glands, and blood and lymph vessels.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as derma.

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

  • noun (Anat.) The deep sensitive layer of the skin beneath the scarfskin or epidermis; -- called also true skin, derm, derma, corium, cutis, and enderon. See skin, and Illust. in Appendix.

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  • noun anatomy The tissue of the skin underlying the epidermis.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun the deep vascular inner layer of the skin

Etymologies

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

[New Latin, back-formation from Late Latin epidermis, epidermis; see epidermis.]

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From New Latin, from Ancient Greek δέρμα (derma, "skin, hide"), from δέρω (dero, "to skin, to flay").

Examples

  • This layer, called the dermis, is so rich in a certain type of immune cell that the new shot uses a lower dose of the same vaccine that's in regular flu shots.

    Time for flu shots, and some may get a tiny needle

  • When transcription factors such as AP-1 are activated, they produce and release collagen-digesting proteins matrix metalloproteinase, resulting in microscarring in the deep portion of the skin called the dermis.

    Forever Young

  • When transcription factors such as AP-1 are activated, they produce and release collagen-digesting proteins matrix metalloproteinase, resulting in microscarring in the deep portion of the skin called the dermis.

    Forever Young

  • Peels can go down to the papillary dermis, which is the top part of the dermis.

    Simple Skin Beauty

  • Just below the dermis is the aptly named subcutaneous fat layer, which covers the muscles.

    Simple Skin Beauty

  • Abnormal architecture of the collagen and elastin fibers in the dermis is the crux of the problem.

    Simple Skin Beauty

  • Just below the dermis is the aptly named subcutaneous fat layer, which covers the muscles.

    Simple Skin Beauty

  • Just below the dermis is the aptly named subcutaneous fat layer, which covers the muscles.

    Simple Skin Beauty

  • Peels can go down to the papillary dermis, which is the top part of the dermis.

    Simple Skin Beauty

  • Abnormal architecture of the collagen and elastin fibers in the dermis is the crux of the problem.

    Simple Skin Beauty

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