Anatomy of the skin

Cross section of skin

The skin is made up of three layers: the epidermis, the dermis, and the subcutaneous layer. The skin contains sweat glands, nerves, hair follicles, and blood vessels.

Current as of: July 2, 2020

Author: Healthwise Staff
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