Structure and function of skin: The application of THz radiation in dermatology

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationConvergence of Terahertz Sciences in Biomedical Systems
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9789400739659
ISBN (Print)9789400739642
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2012


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