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Medical Term:

stratum spinosum epidermidis


the layer of polyhedral cells in the epidermis; shrinkage artifacts and adhesion of these cells at their desmosomal junctions gives a spiny or prickly appearance.

Synonym(s): prickle cell layer, spinous layer

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