The Dermis - The papillary layer is a thin outer layer of...

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The Dermis The second layer of the skin, the dermis, consists  of various connective tissues. As connective  tissue, it contains fibroblasts and macrophages  within a gelatinous matrix containing collagen,  elastic, and reticular fibers. The structure provides  strength, extensibility (the ability to be stretched),  and elasticity (the ability to return to its original  form). It is in the dermis where we find capillaries  and many nerve endings. Major blood vessels are  found in the hypodermis. The dermis consists of two layers:
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Unformatted text preview: The papillary layer is a thin outer layer of areolar connective tissue with fingerlike projections called dermal papillae that protrude into the epidermis. In the hands and feet, the dermal papillae generate epidermal ridges (sweat from the epidermal ridges leaves fingerprints). The reticular layer is a thick layer of dense irregular connective tissue. It lies deep to the papillary layer and makes up most of the dermis....
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