Definitions

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

  • n. The sensitive connective tissue layer of the skin located below the epidermis, containing nerve endings, sweat and sebaceous glands, and blood and lymph vessels. Also called corium, cutis, derma1.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The tissue of the skin underlying the epidermis.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as derma.

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

  • n. the deep vascular inner layer of the skin

Etymologies

New Latin, back-formation from Late Latin epidermis, epidermis; see epidermis.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From New Latin, from Ancient Greek δέρμα (derma, "skin, hide"), from δέρω (dero, "to skin, to flay"). (Wiktionary)

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.

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  • 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.

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

    Simple Skin Beauty

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

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

    Simple Skin Beauty

  • Mongolian spots technically named congenital dermal melanocytosis are flat bluish-green, gray or light brown areas where cells called melanocytes have been trapped in a layer of the skin called the dermis.

    CNN.com

  • Also deep in the dermis are the Pacinian corpuscles.

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  • A connective tissue, called the dermis, lies beneath the epithelial tissue of the skin and contains capillaries that nourish the epithelium.

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  • The bottom 90 percent is known as the dermis; the outer 10 percent is the epidermis.

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  • The outermost protective layer is known as the Epidermis, the elastic resilient middle layer is the Dermis while the subcutaneous layer of fat beneath the dermis is the Subcutis.

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