Borrowed from Latin epidermis, from Ancient Greek ἐπιδερμίς or epidermís, ἐπί or epí (on top of) + δέρμα or dérma (skin). Equivalent to epi- + dermis.
epidermis (plural epidermides or epidermises)
- The outer, protective layer of the skin of vertebrates, covering the dermis.
- The similar outer layer of cells in invertebrates and plants
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