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Junction of the Epidermis and Dermis


AT the surface of the dermis, fine fibres form a continuous subepithelial network1. These fibres, unlike the underlying coarser fibres, are argyrophilic and also stain red with periodic acid–Schiff technique2 (Hotchkiss's method3). Into this network, processes from the basal epidermal cells project, and it has been reported that the interlocking of these processes with the dermal fibre is a means by which the epidermis adheres to the dermis4.

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