epidermis, pl. epidermides (ep-i-derm´is, -derm´i-dez) [NA]

1. The superficial epithelial portion of the skin (cutis). The e. of the palms and soles has the following strata: stratum corneum (horny layer), stratum lucidum (clear layer), stratum granulosum (granular layer), stratum spinosum (prickle cell layer), and stratum basale (basal cell layer); in other parts of the body, the stratum lucidum may be absent. 2. In botany, the outermost layer of cells in leaves and the young parts of plants.cuticle (3), cuticula (2), epiderm, epiderma; [G. epidermis, the outer skin, fr. epi, on, + derma, skin]


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