Sectioned black skin, light micrograph

Sectioned black skin, light micrograph

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Caption: Skin of black African. Light micrograph of a section through black skin, showing the dermis (bottom), basement membrane (red folded layer), epidermis (purple), and keratinised surface (top). The basement membrane and lower epidermis contain pigment-producing cells (melanocytes) that are highly active in black skin. These cells produce the pigment melanin, which spreads through the epidermis giving a dark colour. The upper epidermis consists mostly of dead cells toughened by the protein keratin to form a hard, protective layer. The dermis consists of living connective tissue containing blood vessels and sensory nerve cells. Magnification x240 at 6x9cm size.

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Keywords: african skin, anatomy, black, black skin, dermis, epidermis, human body, melanin, negro, pigmented skin, skin, surface

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