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Drawing of skin structure


Hagfish skin

The skin of mammals is composed of an outer Epidermis, a center dermis layer and an inner Hypodermis layer. The dermis, or corium, is a dense, interconnected tissue layer that contains hair follicles, sweat glands, nerve endings and blood vessels. The dermis is the strongest part of the skin and is used to produce leather.

Synonyms and Related Terms

corium; cutis; derma; Dermis (Deut., Esp., Ned.); derme (Port.); läderhuden (Sven.); lederhuid (Ned.)

Resources and Citations

  • Hermann Kuhn, Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art and Antiquities, Butterworths, London, 1986
  • Matt Roberts, Don Etherington, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC, 1982
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998

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