nounZoology & Anatomy
A layer in the epidermis in which skin cells are continually formed by division.
- The strata basale and spinosum are also referred to as the Malpighian layer.
- Following these early changes, the cells of the Malpighian layer become swollen and vacuolated.
- Among the Malpighian layer is another type of cell called melanocyte which produces a chemical called melanin.
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Syllabification: Mal·pigh·i·an lay·er
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