Stratum Corneum

Diagram of the Structure of the Skin

Diagram of the Structure of the Skin

The stratum corneum is a layer of skin located within the epidermis.
The skin is also known as the "integument", or "integumentary system".

More specifically, the stratum corneum is the outermost layer of the skin and consists of approx. 30 layers of dead cells.

The cytoplasm that was in these cells has been replaced by keratin, which is a type of protein. These cells are sometimes referred to as keratinocytes.

 

To view the location of the stratum corneum 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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