HELENE FOURNIE, ISM / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY HELENE FOURNIE, ISM / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Skin anatomy. Illustration of a section through human skin, showing the typical structures and layers. The skin layers include an outer layer of dead skin cells (stratum corneum, across top), below which is the epidermis (brown), below which is the dermis (thickest layer, purple), with the hypodermis (subcutaneous tissue, yellow fat) at bottom. The epidermal cells include melanocytes (brown) and Langerhans cells (orange). The dermis contains sebaceous glands (one at upper left), hair follicles (one at left), sweat glands (pink tube at centre), blood vessels (red and blue), and Meissner's corpuscles (tactile corpuscles, green). In the hypodermis are Pacinian corpuscles (pink).
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