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Human Anatomy

Anatomical Structures of Human Skin
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The skin is the largest organ of the body, with a total area of about 20 square . The skin protects us from microbes and the elements, helps regulate body temperature, and permits the sensations of touch, heat, and cold.

Skin has three layers:

The skin’s color is created by special cells called melanocytes, which produce the pigment melanin. Melanocytes are located in the epidermis.

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