Definition of "dermis" [der•mis]

  • 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. (noun)

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Use "dermis" in a sentence
  • "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."
  • "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."
  • "Abnormal architecture of the collagen and elastin fibers in the dermis is the crux of the problem."