Definitions for "Stratum corneum"
The outermost protective layer of the skin, approximately the thickness of a sheet of cellophane food wrap. When the stratum corneum dries out (for whatever reason) the skin takes on a dull, white, scaly appearance. The stratum corneum is replaced with a completely new stratum corneum every month.
Also known as the horny layer, the outermost layer of the skin.
the outermost layer of the epidermis. This layer is made up of dead and dying cells filled with mature keratin. The outermost cells of this layer eventually slough off in a process called desquamation.