One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The horny outer layer of the skin.
- ‘In most areas of the body, the stratum corneum is comprised of about 15 tightly stacked layers of corneocytes.’
- ‘The stratum corneum and a natural skin oil called the ‘barrier lipid’ provide protection for the living skin cells with their sensitive nerve endings.’
- ‘Generally, all maintenance and repair products should focus on the restorative and nutritive needs of the stratum corneum and epidermal cells.’
- ‘This property results from product adherence to the stratum corneum layer of the skin, inhibiting microbial recolonization.’
- ‘Its thick epidermis contains well-developed granular, spinous, suprabasal, and basal layers below a mature stratum corneum.’
Latin, literally ‘horny layer’.
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