Hairs on the scalp, light micrograph

Hairs on the scalp, light micrograph

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Credit: STEVE GSCHMEISSNER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Hairs on the scalp. Coloured light micrograph showing the underlying structure of hair follicles on a human head. Hairs are made up of dead tissue. The outside of the hair, the cuticle, is covered in overlapping scales that protect the hair's central cortex, which is made up of the fibrous protein keratin. Magnification: x50 when printed 10cm tall.

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Keywords: anatomical, anatomy, biological, biology, blue, coloured, cross-section, cuticle, dead, epithelial, epithelium, false-colour, false-coloured, follicle, follicles, hair, hairs, head, histological, histology, human body, keratin, light micrograph, light microscope, lm, longitudinal, scalp, section, shaft, shafts, skin, slice, strand, strands, surface, thick

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