Definitions for: Epidermis


[n] the outer layer of the skin covering the exterior body surface of vertebrates



Webster (1913) Definition: Ep`i*der"mis, n. [L., fr. Gr. ?; ? over + ? skin,
fr. ? to skin. See Tear, v. t.]
1. (Anat.) The outer, nonsensitive layer of the skin;
cuticle; scarfskin. See Dermis.

2. (Bot.) The outermost layer of the cells, which covers both
surfaces of leaves, and also the surface of stems, when
they are first formed. As stems grow old this layer is
lost, and never replaced.

Synonyms: cuticle

See Also: corneum, cutis, epidermal cell, horny layer, malpighian layer, mantle, pallium, rete Malpighii, skin, stratum, stratum basale, stratum corneum, stratum germinativum, stratum granulosum, stratum lucidum, tegument

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