When completing this chapter, the learner will be able to do the following:
- Identify the basic anatomy of the integumentary system
- Describe the main functions of the integumentary system
- Spell the integumentary system medical terms and use correct abbreviations
- Identify the medical specialties associated with the integumentary system
- Explore common diseases, disorders, and procedures related to the integumentary system
The integumentary system refers to the skin and its accessory structures. In the adult human body, the skin makes up about 16 percent of body weight and covers an area of 1.5 to 2 m2. In fact, the skin and accessory structures are the largest organ systems in the human body. The skin protects your inner organs and it is in need of daily care and protection to maintain its health.
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