THE INTEGUMENTARY SYSTEM

By Garima Talwar and Stacey Wiener

The Integumentary System

The 3 main organs of the Integumentary System are:

  • Nails
  • Hair
  • Skin

Levels Of Organization

Cell level – stem cells and skin cells
  • Tissue level – epithelial and connective tissue
  • Organ Level– skin, consisting of the epidermis, dermis, and hypodermis, as well as hair, nails and glands
  • Organ System Level- Integumentary System
  • Organism - Human
  • Homeostasis

    The integumentary system maintains homeostasis by protecting the body, regulating temperature, absorbing materials and synthesizing vitamins and minerals. Acne, Warts, Eczema, Psoriasis, Skin Cancer are diseases that can happen if the Integumentary System is not working properly. If the system is not working properly then harmful and not harmful substances can get into the body and cause illnesses.

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    Interaction

    -Skin is one of the first defense mechanisms in our Immune system

    -The Nervous system depends on neurons embedded in our skin to sense the outside world.

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