NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

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The NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms features 7,990 terms related to cancer and medicine.

papillary dermis
(PA-pih-LAYR-ee DER-mis)
The thin top layer of the dermis (the inner layer of the skin). The papillary dermis has connective tissue and blood vessels that give nutrients to the epidermis (the outer layer of the skin) and that help control the temperature of the skin.