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see skinskin,
the flexible tissue (integument) enclosing the body of vertebrate animals. In humans and other mammals, the skin operates a complex organ of numerous structures (sometimes called the integumentary system) serving vital protective and metabolic functions.
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(corium, cutis, true skin), the connective-tissue part of the skin in vertebrates and man, located beneath the epidermis.

The dermis is normally more or less loosely connected to the subjacent organs by loose subcutaneous connective tissue, which is often rich in fatty deposits. The dermis consists of two layers. The surface (papillary, spongy, subepithelial) layer functions mainly to nourish the epidermis and its derivatives (glands, feathers, hairs); it is rich in blood vessels, has a relatively loose structure, and, in some animals, forms papillae that project into the epidermis. The layer beneath it (reticular, compact) constitutes most of the dermis. It consists of solid connective tissue and has mainly a supportive function.


The deep layer of the skin, a dense connective tissue richly supplied with blood vessels, nerves, and sensory organs. Also known as corium; cutis.
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Thinning of the dermis sees a reduction in blood vessels, nerve endings and collagen.
In the present study five different protocols were used to obtain the acellular dermis from the deepithelialized skin.
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Prof Maitz said initial testing of the artificial dermis in mice demonstrated it does not scar and contract when it is transplanted.
The subcutaneous layer, or subcutis, is a layer of fatty tissue that provides nourishment to the dermis and upper layers of skin.
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1 : the usually flexible outer layer of an animal body that in vertebrate animals is made up of two layers of cells forming an inner dermis and an outer epidermis
Hematoksilen-eozin boyasi ile boyanan preperatlarda x10 objektif buyutme altinda okuler mikrometre ile dermis ve epidermis kalinliliklari olculurken, x40 objektif buyutmede epidermis tabakasinin histolojik yapisi incelendi.
La dermis esta compuesta por tejido conjuntivo denso o fibroso; posee algunas capas de celulas de pigmento en la parte marginal entre la epidermis y la capa subcutanea (hipodermis), las cuales dan el color a los peces, macrofagos y mastocitos (Elliott 2000, Souza et al.