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Hypodermis

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Updated March 23, 2009

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Definition:

the third of three layers of the skin, which lies beneath the epidermis and the dermis, respectively; It is made up of fat and connective tissue which is responsible for binding skin to the tissue beneath it.

The hypodermis houses larger nerves and blood vessels, as well as the fibroblasts, which are responsible for producing collagen. The collagen fibers are then transported to the dermis to support the skin.

The hypodermis also functions to cushion the body and to help regulate skin and body temperature.

Pronunciation: HIGH-poh-duhr-miss
Also Known As: subcutaneous fascia
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