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Epidermis (Definition)

The outermost and nonvascular layer of the skin, derived from the embryonic ectoderm, varying in thickness from 0.07–1.4 mm. It comprises, from within outward, five layers: (1) basal layer (stratum basale), ; (2) prickle cell or spinous layer (stratum spinosum), (3) granular layer (stratum granulosum), (4) clear layer (stratum lucidum), and (5) ...Read more


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What does discontinuity in epidermis mean in layman terms?

What does discontinuity in epidermis mean in layman terms?

Break: Anything from a paper cut to a scratch to a little blister to a fissure to a gunshot wound. Everything depends on the context of the description. I'm glad you're proactive and hope you can have the big picture clarified. ...Read more

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Can you feel your epidermis?

Epidermis: Absolutely. The epidermis is the top layer of your skin. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: epidermis?

See below: The outermost and nonvascular layer of the skin, derived from the embryonic ectoderm, varying in thickness from 0.07–1.4 mm. It comprises, from within outward, five layers: (1) basal layer (stratum basale), ; (2) prickle cell or spinous layer (stratum spinosum), (3) granular layer (stratum granulosum), (4) clear layer (stratum lucidum), and (5) horny layer (stratum corneum). ...Read more

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What should I do if the first layer of my skin (epidermis) shed?

What should I do if the first layer of my skin (epidermis) shed?

Skin shedding...: ...Occurs in everyone, all the time, as a normal event, but it's hardly noticeable for most people. If you've experienced a generalized peeling of your entire skin surface, something happened to cause it, such as a sunburn or a viral illness, or a medication could have done it. A good emollient lotion should alleviate the dryness, but there my be an underlying problem; see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Is the epidermis and the dermis the same?

No: Epidermis is the outermost layer of skin and dermis is just below it. ...Read more