Integumentary System

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textbook skin model hand magnifier or dissecting microscope forceps microscope slide and coverslip compound microscope prepared microscope slide of human scalp or axilla prepared slide of heavily pigmented human skin prepared slide of thick skin (plantar or palmar)

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The integumentary system includes the skin, hair, nails, sebaceous glands, and sweat glands. These organs provide a protective covering for deeper tissues, aid in regulating body temperature, retard water loss, house sensory receptors, synthesize various chemicals, and excrete small quantities of wastes.

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