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Structure and Function of Skin: The Application of THz Radiation in Dermatology

  • Seong Jin Jo
  • Oh Sang Kwon
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Abstract

Skin, the largest organ of human being, is a soft membrane covering the exterior of the body. It protects the host from mechanical injuries, toxic materials, pathogenic organisms, and so on. Although its basic function is protection from the environment like this, it is not a simple and static shield but a complex and dynamic organ which performs important roles in maintaining the homeostasis of the body. Skin controls evaporation to prevent massive water loss, and regulates body temperature by controlling the blood flow of skin and perspiration [1]. It is responsible for the synthesis of vitamin D and a storage center for lipid and water. In addition, skin contains nerve endings and provides sensation for temperature, touch, pressure, and vibration.

Keywords

Stratum Corneum Hair Follicle Basal Cell Carcinoma Sebaceous Gland Dermal Papilla 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of DermatologySeoul National University College of Medicine, Institute of Dermatological Science, Seoul National UniversitySeoulKorea
  2. 2.Department of DermatologySeoul National University HospitalSeoulKorea

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