The Epidermis

  • E. Christophers
  • C. Schubert
  • M. Goos
Part of the Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology book series (HEP, volume 87 / 1)


Mammalian epidermis is a renewing tissue which provides the outer surface coat of the body. The high impermeability of the stratum corneum membrane and its physical strength protect the body against external influences and maintain the milieu intérieur. Besides representing the continuous supply of cells forming the external barrier (the stratum corneum), epidermal cells have been shown to possess a number of additional functional capabilities as listed in Table 1.


Stratum Corneum Human Epidermis Stratum Granulosum Stratum Spinosum Horny Cell 
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