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Epidermis may refer to:

Epidermis is also the name of:

  • Epidermis (software), an open-source GTK application for changing the appearance of Linux desktops.

Wiktionary

Up to date as of January 15, 2010

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Etymology

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

Noun

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Singular
epidermis

Plural
epidermises

epidermis (plural epidermises)

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

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Simple English

The epidermis is the skin or surface layer of an animal or plant. At its most basic, it is a sheet of cells. The cells are continually replaced by cell division (mitosis), and the layer (in animals) is sensitive to stimuli such as touch. In land vertebrates the epidermis has many layers; the outer layers may be reinforced by keratin.


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