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Medical Term:


Pronunciation: der'mis


A layer of skin composed of two zones: a superficial thin layer that interdigitates with the epidermis, the stratum papillare, and the deeper and coarser stratum reticulare; it contains blood and lymphatic vessels, nerves and nerve endings, glands, and, except on glabrous skin, hair follicles.

Synonym(s): corium, cutis vera

[G. derma, skin]

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