5. Integumentary System
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Which part of the integument is responsible for providing strength and flexibility?
Which of the following correctly describes the structure of the skin?
a. It consists of the superficial epidermis, middle dermis, and deep hypodermis.
b. It consists of the superficial epidermis and deep dermis.
c. It consists of the superficial dermis and deep epidermis.
d. It consists of the superficial dermis and deep hypodermis.
Nguyen comes to your clinic with a mole that has recently changed in appearance. You examine the mole and note that its borders are irregular, it has a deep blue-black color, and the color is unevenly distributed throughout the mole.
b. Nguyen tells you that she has used a tanning booth once per week for the past several years, and that the tanning salon advertises it as safe. What do you tell her about the tanning salon's claim? How does any UV exposure affect keratinocytes and melanocytes? Explain.
Many antiaging skin creams contain collagen and hyaluronic acid. Manufacturers claim that the collagen and hyaluronic acid applied to the surface of the skin will be absorbed into the dermis, where they will be incorporated into dermal tissue.
a. What are collagen and hyaluronic acid, and what are their functions?