Meaning of “epidermis” in the English Dictionary


"epidermis" in English

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epidermisnoun [ S or U ]

uk /ˌep.ɪˈdɜː.mɪs/ us /ˌep.əˈdɝː.mɪs/ specialized

Examples from literature

  • Below the epidermis lies the dermis. 
  • Skin is made up of three layers: the epidermis, the dermis, and the subcutis. 
  • The epidermis, the outer layer, includes dead skin cells that are constantly falling away and being replaced. 
  • These help control our body’s temperature by sending a water-rich liquid – sweat – up to the epidermis. 
  • Examine the epidermis on the back of the hand and palm. 
  • Scales small, and concealed in a thick epidermis. 
  • The epidermis may be very easily removed, and is perfectly colorless. 
  • The epidermis, which is thin and shiny, gives way, and the nail is usually shed. 
  • They are covered externally by the epidermis. 

(Definition of “epidermis” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"epidermis" in American English

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epidermisnoun [ C/U ]


biology the thin outer layer of the skin

(Definition of “epidermis” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)