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the Medical brance of science that deals with the study of skin its nature fuctions structure diseases and treatment.


a physician engaged in the science of treating the skin, its functions, structures and diseases.


a specialist in the cleansings, preservation of health and beautification of the skin and body.

Stratum Germinatavium

Deepest layer of the epidermis, composed of several layers of different shaped cells, live layer of the epidermis.


special cells in the stratum spinosum which produce dark skin pigment called melanin.

Stratum Spinosum

the spiney layer that the begining of the process that causes skin cells to shed begins.

Stratum Granulosum

granular layer of the epidermis

Stratum Lucidum

clear transparent layer just under the skins surface consisting of small cells through which light can pass.

Startum Corneum

horney layer is the outer layer of the epidermis


a fiber protien that is also a principle component of hair and nails


The underlying or inner layer of the skin,25 times thicker than the epidermis

Arrector Pili Muscles

small muscles that work in connection with hair follicles to cause goose bumps.

Papillary Layer

the outer layer of the dermis, directly beneath the epidermis

Epidermal-Dermal Junction

the top of the papillary layer where it joins the epidermis

Recticular Layer

the deepest layer of the dermis that supplies the skin with oxygen and nutrients.

Subcutaneous Layer

a fatty layer found below the dermis some specialists regaurd as a continuation of the dermis


red to yellow color pigment found in light skin


a fibrous protein that gives the skin form and strength


a protein base similar to collagen that forms elastic tissue

Sudoriferous Glands

structures that emerge through pores on the skin's surface and secrete sweat

Sebaceous glands

oil glands in the skin


A plug of sebum (oil) within the opening of a hair follicle

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