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Structure and functions of the skin

Skin structure

The skin is the largest organ of the body. It has three main layers, the epidermis, the dermis and the subcutaneous layer.

The epidermis is an elastic layer on the outside that is continually being regenerated. It includes the following:

The dermis is the inner layer that includes the following:

The subcutaneous layer under the dermis is made up of connective tissue and fat (a good insulator).

Skin structure diagram

 

Functions of the skin

Updated 2010-05-02