superficial layer

su·per·fi·cial lay·er

in a stratified structure, the outermost or topmost of the strata; the stratum nearest the surface. See: superficial layer of deep cervical fascia, superficial layer of the levator palpebrae superioris, superficial layer of temporal fascia.
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This type of chronic voice misuse (muscle tension dysphonia) can be associated with edema in the superficial layer of the lamina propria that causes a deceptively normal-appearing glottic closure.
The remaining 3 cases of focal cortical dysplasia were marked by an absence of layer II, occasional large pyramidal-type neurons (neuronal cytomegaly) malpositioned in cortical layer I or superficial layer III, and a malalignment of pyramidal-type neurons within cortical layers III and V.
In each profile, the first point on the left side corresponds to the superficial layer in contact with water, and the last point on the right side corresponds to the outer superficial layer (OSL).
The results reported here indicate that vitamin E in the superficial layers of the SC is depleted readily by even a brief exposure to sunlight and that use of a vitamin E body wash can substantially increase the vitamin E in this superficial layer more effectively than dietary supplementation.
And it all starts with the loss of cells in the superficial layer.
In fact, the play's most indelible image is of Peer sitting alone at the end of his journey, peeling an onion that he likens to himself, looking for the core of identity that has eluded him all his life--but finding nothing more than one more superficial layer of skin.
Strip away a superficial layer of science fiction and Huxley, writing in the 1930s, gets it all just about right.
A lack of humidity in the colder months combined with the drying effect of central heating means the most superficial layer of skin - the stratum corneum - is not as effective at retaining water.
5) The orientation of the deeper layers probably is not important; however, the most superficial layer generally is oriented with the basement membrane side up, thus, allowing the growth of epithelium over it.
This congenital lesion results in deficiency or absence of the superficial layer of the lamina propria.
By removing the superficial layer of skin the complexion is left clearer, smoother and more youthful-looking.

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