Definition of stratum corneum in English:

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stratum corneum

Pronunciation: /ˈstrātəm ˌkôrnēəm/ Pronunciation: /ˈstra-/


The horny outer layer of the skin.
Example sentences
  • This property results from product adherence to the stratum corneum layer of the skin, inhibiting microbial recolonization.
  • Generally, all maintenance and repair products should focus on the restorative and nutritive needs of the stratum corneum and epidermal cells.
  • The stratum corneum and a natural skin oil called the ‘barrier lipid’ provide protection for the living skin cells with their sensitive nerve endings.


Latin, literally 'horny layer'.

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Syllabification: stra·tum cor·ne·um

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