AskDefine | Define epidermis

Dictionary Definition

epidermis n : the outer layer of the skin covering the exterior body surface of vertebrates [syn: cuticle]

User Contributed Dictionary



From epi- ( ἐπί, on top of) + dermis (< δέρμα(derma), skin)


  1. The outer, protective layer of the skin of vertebrates, covering the dermis
  2. The similar outer layer of cells in invertebrates and plants


See also


  • Greek: επιδερμίδα [1]
  • Russian: эпидерма, эпидермис

Extensive Definition

Epidermis may refer to:
epidermis in Bulgarian: Епидермис (пояснение)
epidermis in Czech: Pokožka
epidermis in German: Epidermis
epidermis in Spanish: Epidermis (desambiguación)
epidermis in French: Épiderme
epidermis in Portuguese: Epiderme
epidermis in Chinese: 表皮

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