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Unformatted text preview: fluid. Skin The skin constitutes a protective barrier against physical damage of underlying tissues, invasion of hazardous chemical and bacterial substances and, through the activity of its sweat glands and blood vessels, it helps to maintain the body at a constant temperature. Together with the sweat and oil glands, hairs and nails it forms a set of organs called the integumentary system . Figure 2–1 shows a cross-section of the skin and underlying subcutaneous tissue. The skin consists of an outer, protective layer, the epidermis and an inner layer, the dermis . While the top layer of the epidermis, the stratum corneum , consists of dead cells, the dermis is composed of vascularised fibrous connective tissue. The subcutaneous tissue , located underneath the skin, is primarily composed of adipose tissue (fat)....
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- Fall '10
- Anthropology, Subcutaneous tissue, Fibrous Connective Tissue