One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- another term for dermis
- ‘Repairing major damage to the derma is a difficult problem facing plastic surgeons.’
- ‘Being lipophilic, the oil can penetrate down through the upper level of the skin to the derma.’
- ‘We have, therefore, two conditions present in the derma, the bearing of which on the production of the superjacent epidermis is now to be considered.’
- ‘The name echinoderm comes from the Greek echinos, meaning hedgehog, and derma, the skin.’
- ‘In burn injuries, for example, derma cells are cultivated from epithelium cells and then grow onto the surface of the wound.’
Early 18th century: modern Latin, from Greek ‘skin’.
Beef or chicken intestine, stuffed and cooked in dishes such as kishke.
- ‘The derma came out sliced in five or six pieces and seared on both sides with terrific beef gravy. I gingerly put my fork in expecting the worse, but I was pleasantly surprised.’
- ‘They'd serve you exotic treats like stuffed derma or chopped liver with sliced egg and there would be a live band and floral centerpieces and matchbooks with your friend's name on it embossed in gold.’
- ‘The stuffed derma came as two huge slices with thick brown gravy on the side.’
From Yiddish derme, plural of darm ‘intestine’; related to Old English tharm ‘intestine’.
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