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Caption2A diagram of human skin.


CaptionThe distribution of the bloodvessels in the skin of the sole of the foot. (Corium - TA alternate term for dermis - is labeled at upper right.)
Style"width:100px;"| Caption2=A diagrammatic sectional view of the skin (click on image to magnify). (Dermis labeled at center right.)

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Skin is a soft outer covering of an animal, in particular a vertebrate. Other animal coverings such as the arthropod exoskeleton or the seashell have different developmental origin, structure and chemical composition. The adjective cutaneous means "of the skin" (from Latin cutis, skin). In mammals, the skin is the largest organ of the integumentary system made up of multiple layers of ectodermal tissue, and guards the underlying muscles, bones, ligaments and internal organs. Skin of a different nature exists in amphibians, reptiles, and birds. All mammals have some hair on their skin, even marine mammals which appear to be hairless.

Because it interfaces with the environment, skin plays a key role in protecting (the body) against pathogens and excessive water loss. Its other functions are insulation, temperature regulation, sensation, and the protection of vitamin D folates. Severely damaged skin will try to heal by forming scar tissue. This is often discoloured and depigmented.

Hair with sufficient density is called fur. The fur mainly serves to augment the insulation the skin provides, but can also serve as a secondary sexual characteristic or as camouflage. On some animals, the skin is very hard and thick, and can be processed to create leather. Reptiles and fish have hard protective scales on their skin for protection, and birds have hard feathers, all made of tough β-keratins. Amphibian skin is not a strong barrier to passage of chemicals and is often subject to osmosis. For example, a frog sitting in an anesthetic solution could quickly go to sleep.

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Pamela Anderson Strips Tease On The Ellen Degeneres Show -- Pam Anderson sheds her robe and shimmies for Ellen wearing mostly skin.
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Federer knocks can off crew member's head during a Gillette / British Skin Foundation shoot
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Things You Have to See to Believe: A woman whose skin turned to soap, and a man's 40-lb. colon are preserved human oddities at The Mutter Museum in Philadelphia.
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This guy was just cleaning out the cobra pit. He yanked them out of their napping spots and tossed them aside so he could sweep up their poop, dried skin and eggs!
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Michael Jackson has a skin disorder called Vitiligo. After years of fighting it and covering it up he choose the final solution, what many people with the disease do, which is a procedure called Depigmintation. This gets rid of all the remaining color on the skin so the skin all matches.Song is "Stranger in Moscow" by MJ. Find out more about Vitiligo and Michael Jackson at these sites. and
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In Panama, this guy was bit my a mosquito that was host to Bot Fly eggs which eventually hatched under his skin.
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Your skin is amazing. All 800 million cells of it. It's your waterproof barrier. Your defense against disease. It's how you sense and adjust to your surroundings. It constantly grows and replaces itself. When you're hurt, it heals itself. For years we've marveled at skin and have developed products to help keep it amazing.
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Healthy Hollywood: Wellness Wednesday - Get Skin Like Kim Kardashian! - Access Hollywood Tweet this news
Access Hollywood--By Terri MacLeod Kim Kardashian has the most gorgeous -skin-. The other day I was interviewing the reality star and I couldn't help but notice her flawless ... - Date : Wed, 20 Oct 2010 16:15:19 GMT+00:00
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The Virginian-Pilot--Producers of Fox's hit show, "Glee" are taking some heat over the sexually charted photo shoot that graces the cover of GQ this month. ... - Date : Wed, 20 Oct 2010 17:37:58 GMT+00:00
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MarketWatch (press release)--Since that time, it has evolved into a premier online destination for beauty and -skin- care products. "Our goal is to make DERMACYTE -skin- care products ... - Date : Wed, 20 Oct 2010 12:37:26 GMT+00:00
Risk Not Always Prime Mover for Skin CA Screening - MedPage Today Tweet this news
MedPage Today--Explain to interested patients that individuals who seek -skin- cancer screening often are not those who need it ... - Date : Wed, 20 Oct 2010 16:03:12 GMT+00:00
Low Vitamin D Common in Skin Cancer Patients - CalorieLab Calorie Counter News Tweet this news
CalorieLab Calorie Counter News--Researchers from Stanford University have also found that -skin- cancer patients are about three times more likely to be deficient in Vitamin D than the ... - Date : Wed, 20 Oct 2010 16:30:20 GMT+00:00
CARE Solutions Toolkit by GOJO Educates on Elderly Skin Care - Marketwire (press release) Tweet this news
Marketwire (press release)--AKRON, OH--(Marketwire - October 20, 2010) - GOJO Industries offers its new CARE Solutions Director of Nursing -Skin- Care Toolkit as an aid in making ... - Date : Wed, 20 Oct 2010 13:46:08 GMT+00:00
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PR Newswire (press release)--And while the Jersey Shore fans are lining up in tanning salons, the Twilight kids are at their local cosmetic counter asking whether topical -skin- ... - Date : Wed, 20 Oct 2010 09:01:47 GMT+00:00
Archaeologists in Pompeii Use Rugged Hard Candy Cases Street Skin to Protect ... - San Francisco Chronicle Tweet this news
San Francisco Chronicle--With a snug fit and durable tire-tread like pattern, it is no wonder why archaeologists choose to use the Street -Skin- iPad case from Hard Candy Cases while ... - Date : Tue, 19 Oct 2010 22:06:57 GMT+00:00
Balancing the Risks: Skin Cancer Patients Are Deficient in Vitamin D - TIME Tweet this news
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