Anatomy and Physiology- The integumentary system - Medical Terminology(Adaptive*)

The integumentary system consists of the skin and its accessory organs: the hair, nails, sebaceous glands, and sweat glands. The skin is the largest organ in the body and protects the body from the external environment. It shields the body against injuries, infection, dehydration, harmful ultraviolet rays, and toxic compounds.

Beneath the skin’s surface is an intricate network of sensory receptors that register sensations of temperature, pain, and pressure. The millions of sensory receptors and a vascular network aid the functions of the entire body in maintaining homeostasis, a stable internal environment of the body. (See Figure Structure of the skin and subcutaneous tissue. )

Structure of the skin and subcutaneous tissue.

Structure of the skin and subcutaneous tissue.


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