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Apocrine glands

Coiled structures attached to hair follicles found in the underarm and genital areas that secrete sweat

Arrector pili muscle

Small, involuntary muscles in the base of the hair follicle that cause goose flesh when the appendage contracts, sometimes called goose bumps and papillae

Barrier function

Protective barrier of the epidermis; the corneum and intercellular matrix protect the surface from irritation and dehydration


Glycolipid materials that are a natural part of skins intercellular matrix and barrier function


Fibrous, connective tissue made from protein; found in the reticular layer of the dermis; gives skin it's firmness. Topically, a large, longchain molecular protein that lies on the top of the skin and binds water; derived from the placentas of cows or other sources


Another name for a stratum corneum cell. Hardened, waterproof, protective keratinocytes; these "dead" protein cells are dried out and lack nuclei

Dermal papillae

Membranes of ridges and grooves that attach to the epidermis; contains nerve endings and supplies nourishment through capillaries to skin and follicles


Also known as the derma, corium, cutis, or true skin; support layer of connective tissue, collagen, and elastin below the epidermis


The structures that assist in holding cells together; intercellular connections made of proteins

Eccrine glands

Sweat glands found all over the body with openings on the skins surface through pores; not attached to hair follicles, secretions do not produce an offensive odor