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Definition the outer layer of the skin (which is itself composed of four to five layers)

More rarely, epidermis may refer to the outer layer of cells in invertebrates and plants.
  • First-degree burns do not penetrate the epidermis.
  • She will scrub your epidermis into submission.
  • All the major skin cancers start in the epidermis.
  • ...parrying like a man who had the greatest respect for his own epidermis.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • The gray flaking on the epidermis didn't begin to characterize the horrible agony.
    Ted Dekker  --  Red: The Heroic Rescue
  • She never understood the charm of serenity in bed, never had a moment of invention, and her orgasms were inopportune and epidermic: an uninspired lay.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Do you see the skin, the epidermis here?
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • No, I do not—you are ruining the elasticity of my magnificent epidermis.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • He is nothing more than a thin shell of epidermis, an incredibly complex inflatable doll.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • Wrinkles and warts on the epidermis; this is the work of time.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Nor is my invisibility exactly a matter of a bio-chemical accident to my epidermis.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Toughest of all was the casting of the skins, which was like labor when they couldn't writhe out of the epidermis and even their eyes were clouded with a dirty milk.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • Some women wear slightly saucier evening gowns, with bare shoulders here and there, but long kid-leather gloves ensure they don't have more than a few inches of epidermis exposed.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • Just the same as though you prayed that a physician might only be called upon to prescribe for headaches, measles, and the stings of wasps, or any other slight affection of the epidermis.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Despite how he could dissect it—the vessels of the globe of my eye, the surgical anatomy of my nasal fossae, the light tincture of my epidermis—he could not avoid them, the lips he had once kissed.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • Then, a few days later, Jones got her biopsy results from the pathology lab: "Epidermoid carcinoma of the cervix, Stage I." All cancers originate from a single cell gone wrong and are categorized based on the type of cell they start from.
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • Health, youth, honor, all the shy delicacies of the young body, the heart, virginity, modesty, that epidermis of the soul, are manipulated in sinister wise by that fumbling which seeks resources, which encounters opprobrium, and which accomodates itself to it.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Whenever he was on one of these pill jags he became like a stud bull, feverishly and unapologetically sexual, treating her with an enveloping hot epidermal directness which usually had the power to cause her own blood to stampede and make her immediately ready to receive him.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • Jussac was, as was then said, a fine blade, and had had much practice; nevertheless it required all his skill to defend himself against an adversary who, active and energetic, departed every instant from received rules, attacking him on all sides at once, and yet parrying like a man who had the greatest respect for his own epidermis.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Our outside and often thin and fanciful clothes are our epidermis, or false skin, which partakes not of our life, and may be stripped off here and there without fatal injury; our thicker garments, constantly worn, are our cellular integument, or cortex; but our shirts are our liber, or true bark, which cannot be removed without girdling and so destroying the man.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden

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