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 History of this Word

"derm" is from "derma" (skin) spoken by people of Greece starting about 1000 B.C.

Notes

In this sense, it is a word added to another word to form a new word.

More words with this suffix,
hypoderm
trophoderm
mycoderma
endodermis

Words related to this meaning

grammar is modifier

"-derm" is a type of suffix

Definition

A word ending that indicates "skin" modifies the word. Created by people to expand meaning of words. Can be added to the end of many words.

Examples of how the word is used

-derm illustration In animal embryos, the ectoderm is the outer germ layer of the embryo.
-derm illustration Continued sun exposure causes the skin to become dry and parchment-like, the origin of the name xeroderma pigmentosum.