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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms


epidermis  listen  (EH-pih-DER-mis)

  The outer layer of the two main layers of the skin.

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Skin anatomy; drawing shows layers of the epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous tissue including hair shafts and follicles, oil glands, lymph vessels, nerves, fatty tissue, veins, arteries, and a sweat gland.