epidermis

Description

The upper or outer layer of skin (above the dermis) that is made up of squamous cells and basal cells. It also contains melanocytes (cells that make melanin, which gives skin its colour).

Epidermal means referring to or having to do with the epidermis, as in epidermal cell. Epidermoid means made up of or resembling epidermal tissue, as in epidermoid carcinoma.