The stratum germinativum is a layer of skin located within the epidermis. (The skin is also known as the "integument", or "integumentary system".)
The stratum germinativum is labelled as the deepest layer of the epidermis (outer-skin) in some texts. However, in other texts this layer is not mentioned and instead the two layers within it are labelled individually. These layers are the stratum spinosum and the stratum basale - the two layers which, together, form the stratum germinativum.
To view the location of the stratum germinativum layer relative to other parts of the skin see the diagram of the structure of the skin. This may be of particular interest to students of courses in massage, reflexology, beauty therapies, and other health science or clinical courses.