Fingerprints. Chapter 14. What exactly is skin?. It is an organ composed of several kinds of tissues Largest organ Performs many functions Maintains Homeostasis Prevents harmful substances such as chemicals and microorganisms from entering body Prevents water loss Maintains temperature
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- Outer layer
*Beneath the dermis is the subcutaneous layer
The epidermis and dermis are separated by the basement membrane that the stratified squamous epithelium is attached to
As each layer gets pushed upward, the cells change their shape and become more squamous or flattened.