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The Integumentary System

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dc.contributor.author Wikibooks Contributors
dc.date.accessioned 2018-09-30T21:31:17Z
dc.date.available 2018-09-30T21:31:17Z
dc.date.issued 2006
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12091/402
dc.description.abstract The integumentary system consists of the skin, the subcutaneous tissue below the skin, hair, nails, and assorted glands. The most obvious function of the integumentary system is the protection that the skin gives to underlying tissues. The skin not only keeps most harmful substances out, but also prevents the loss of fluids. A major function of the subcutaneous tissue is to connect the skin to underlying tissues such as muscles. Hair on the scalp provides insulation from cold for the head. The hair of eyelashes and eyebrows helps keep dust and perspiration out of the eyes, and the hair in our nostrils helps keep dust out of the nasal cavities. Any other hair on our bodies no longer serves a function, but is an evolutionary remnant. Nails protect the tips of fingers and toes from mechanical injury. Fingernails give the fingers greater ability to pick up small objects. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Wikibooks en_US
dc.subject Physiology en_US
dc.title The Integumentary System en_US
dc.type Book chapter en_US


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