Integumentary System

In biology, the integumentary system is an organ system that protects the body from damage, comprising the skin, hair, scales, nails, sweat glands and their products (sweat and mucus). The integumentary system has a variety of functions; in animals, it may serve to waterproof, cushion and protect the deeper tissues, excrete wastes, regulate temperature and is the location of sensory receptors for pain, pressure and temperature. The name derives from the Latin integumentum, which means 'a covering'. ..Read more at Wikipedia

Fast Facts:

  • The integumentary system consist of 3 layers, the epidermis, dermis (cutis) and the subdermis (hypodermis).
  • The skin has an important job of protecting the body and acts somewhat as the body's first line of defense against infection, temperature change or other challenges to homeostasis.
  • Possible diseases and injuries are, rash, blisters, athlete's foot, infection, sunburn and skin cancer.