Epidermis

Diagram of the Structure of the Skin

Diagram of the Structure of the Skin

The epidermis is an important component of skin. Skin is also known as the "integument", or "integumentary system".

The epidermis is the outer-layer of the skin and consists of keratinised stratified squamous epithelium.

According to some texts there are 4 layers in the epidermis, which are:

  1. the stratum corneum
  2. the stratum lucidum
  3. the stratum granulosum and
  4. the stratum germinativum, which is also known as the “Malpighian Layer”.

Other more detailed texts describe the epidermis as consisting of 5 layers, mentioning the stratum spinosum and the stratum basale in place of the stratum germinativum.

 

To view the location of the epidermis layer relative to the other key components of the skin see the diagram of the structure of the skin. This may be of particular interest to students of courses in massage, reflexology, beauty therapies, and other health science or clinical courses.

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