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Skin: Glossary

A

a.k.a.
short for also known as
acne
skin disease often experienced by teenagers - also called pimples

B

bacteria
microscopic life
beneficial
helpful

C

collagen
a protein that connects cells together
constricting
tightening

D

dehydration
loss of body fluids
dermis
inner layer of skin

E

epidermis
outer layer of skin

F

freckles
darker spots on the skin

G

gland
an organ which produces and releases substances that perform a specific function in the body. In the skin, there are sweat glands and oil glands

H

hypodermis
the deepest layer of the skin, subcutaneous layer

I

infection
illness brought on by microscopic life forms
integumentary system
the system that acts as a barrier to protect the body from the outside world, comprised of skin, hair, nails and glands

K

keratin
a protein found in hair, fingernails, hooves, horns

M

melanin
the coloring found in skin, hair, feathers, fur, etc.

N

nervous system
the complex network of nerves and cells that carry messages to and from the brain and spinal cord to various parts of the body

O

organ
tissues that work to perform a specific function in your body – examples are brain, heart, lungs
organ system
a group of organs that work together, as in the digestive system or cardiovascular system

P

pharmacy
store where medications are sold
pigment
coloring

R

rash
a reaction to something that makes skin red and itchy

S

scar
a mark left on skin after an injury heals
sebaceous glands
oil glands of the body
sebum
body oil
subcutaneous
anything lying under the skin
sunscreen
lotion used to prevent sunburn

T

temperature
hot or cold - measured in Fahrenheit or Celsius
tissues
a collection of similar related cells

U

unique
the only one of its kind, different from all others
UV
ultra violet rays of the sun that cause sunburn

W

waterproof
is not damaged by water

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