dermis

Pronunciation: (DER-mis)

The inner layer of the two main layers of the skin. The dermis has connective tissue, blood vessels, oil and sweat glands, nerves, hair follicles, and other structures. It is made up of a thin upper layer called the papillary dermis, and a thick lower layer called the reticular dermis.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

Caption: Anatomy of the skin, showing the epidermis, dermis, and subcutaneous tissue.

Date last modified: 2014-10-28