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Skin: Glossary

A

a.k.a.
Short for also known as
acne
Skin disease often experienced by teenagers - also called pimples

B

bacteria
Microscopic life

C

collagen
A protein that connects cells together
constricting
tightening

D

dermis
Inner layer of skin

E

epidermis
Outer layer of skin

F

freckles
Darker spots on the skin

I

infection
Illness brought on by microscopic life forms

K

keratin
A protein found in hair, fingernails, hooves, horns

M

melanin
The coloring found in skin, hair, feathers, fur, etc.

P

pharmacy
Store where medications are sold
pigment
coloring

S

sebaceous glands
Oil glands of the body
sebum
Body oil
subcutaneous
Anything lying under the skin
sunscreen
Lotion used to prevent sunburn

T

temperature
Hot or cold - measured in Fahrenheit or Celsius
tissues
A collection of similar related cells

U

UV
Ultra violet rays of the sun that cause sunburn

W

waterproof
Is not damaged by water
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