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derma1 skin, esp. the true, living skin found beneath the epidermis; dermis.
derma2 in Jewish cooking, an intestinal membrane used to hold a bread stuffing for a dish called kishke.
dermatitis the medical condition of inflamed skin.
dermato- skin.
dermatoglyphics the patterns of skin ridges on the palm of the hand and sole of the foot. [2 definitions]
dermatology the branch of medicine concerned with skin and skin disease.
dermatophyte any fungus, such as that of ringworm, that is parasitic on skin.
dermatosis any skin disease.
dermestid any of various small, dull-colored beetles that, in both the adult and larval stages, destroy leather, fur, wool, and the like.
dermis variant of derma1.
dernier cri last cry (French); the last word; latest fashion.
derogate to detract or take away (usu. fol. by from). [2 definitions]
derogatory having the purpose or effect of detracting; disparaging.
derrick a device for lifting and moving heavy loads, usu. consisting of a stationary mast and a rotating boom that projects upward from its base. [2 definitions]
derrière the buttocks.
derring-do daring or courageous deeds.
derringer a small pistol that can be easily concealed in a pocket.
derris any of several leguminous plants of the East Indies, whose roots produce the insecticide rotenone.
dervish someone who belongs to any of several Muslim religious groups noted for their ascetic practices and for dancing and whirling in religious ecstasy.
DES abbreviation of "diethylstilbestrol," a synthetic estrogen formerly used to treat the symptoms of menopause and to supplement animal feed, but now banned in the United States as carcinogenic.
desalinate to remove salt from, esp. to make sea water drinkable.