Cross section through human skin

Cross section through human skin

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Credit: SALLY BENSUSEN (1988)/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Illustration showing a cross-section through the human skin. The outer layer is the epidermis, a protective layer of flattened, horny cells impregnated with keratin (inset). Below this are the dermis (a thick layer of connective tissue) and a layer of subcutaneous fat. Within the dermis are blood capillaries (red and blue), sensory nerve endings (purple), an eccrine sweat gland (beige) and a hair follicle. Attached to the hair follicle are sebaceous glands (yellow) and the hair erector muscle. Four types of nerve endings are shown: Meissner's corpuscles (top), Pacinian corpuscles (large ovals), Ruffini's corpuscles (eg. bottom right) and a Krause's end bulb (centre right).

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Keywords: anatomy, eccrine sweat gland, hair follicle, human body, illustration, keratinocyte, krause's end bulb, meissner's corpuscle, pacinian corpuscle, ruffini's corpuscle, sebaceous gland, skin, surface

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