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Integumentary system

Learning objectives

After completing this study unit you will be able to:

  1. Learn the components of the integumentary system.
  2. Discover the structure and function of each of the components of the system.
  3. Understand the basic functions of the integumentary system as a whole.

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The integumentary system forms the external surface of the body. The largest organ of this system, and of the body in general, is the skin. Besides the skin, the integumentary system also comprises the skin appendages (hair, nails, sweat and sebaceous glands), subcutaneous tissue, deep fascia, and breasts.

This video tutorial will explain the layers, structure and function of the skin, its appendages, and other parts of the integumentary system.

To improve your understanding of integumentary system terminology, take a closer look at some commonly used roots, prefixes and suffixes related to the integumentary system in the video below.

Memorize the epidermal layers of the skin easily with the help of this video.

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Key points about the integumentary system
Skin Epidermis: Stratum corneum, stratum lucidum, stratum granulosum, stratum spinosum, stratum basale
Papillary, reticular
Skin appendages Hair, nails, sweat glands, sebaceous glands
Subcutaneous tissue Adipose tissue beneath the dermis
Deep (muscular) fascia Thick fascia between the subcutaneous tissue and underlying muscles

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