The Integumentary System





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4 The Integumentary System

The integumentary system, formed by the skin, hair, nails, and associated glands, enwraps the body. It is the most visible organ system and one of the most complex. Diverse in both form and function—from delicate eyelashes to the thick skin of the soles—the integumentary system protects the body from the outside world and its many harmful substances. It utilizes the Sun's rays while at the same time shielding the body from their damaging effects. In addition, the system helps to regulate body temperature, serves as a minor excretory organ, and makes the inner body aware of its outer environment through sensory receptors.

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Nov 28, 2009 @ 6:18 pm
Hi, I was wondering if you can give me some information on the igtegumentart system, such as what it does, and how it protects the body. Just things like that. Thanks for your time.

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