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Dermatology Glossary

Dermatology and your skin from A to Z with our Dermatology Glossary: a dermatology glossary of essential words you need to know to better understand dermatological products and how your skin works.

DERMIS

Support or connective tissue located between the epidermis and hypodermis.

DESMOSOMES

Cell junctions that connect the cells in the epidermal basal layer to one another to give tissues cohesion.

DESQUAMATION

Normal shedding of the cells in the horny layer (surface layer of the skin) which constantly detach on the skin's surface.

DIFFERENTIATION

Process by which the keratinocytes in the basal layer turn into corneocytes (keratinocytes in the horny layer).

DERMAL-EPIDERMAL JUNCTION

Complex membrane located between the dermis and the epidermis.