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Ch 18: Medical Terms for the Integumentary System

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Medical Terms for the Integumentary System - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter offer concise definitions of integumentary system medical terminology. As you work through the chapter, you'll review terms associated with the functions of the integumentary system, as well as diagnostics and treatments related to skin, hair and nail disorders. Take the accompanying self-assessment quizzes and chapter exam to make sure you fully understand the terms you've studied. You can also submit questions to our instructors and access the chapter at your convenience. After working through these lessons, you should be able to:

  • Understand how the integumentary system functions
  • Recognize the structure and layers of human skin
  • Evaluate skin and hair pathologies
  • Break down lesion nomenclature
  • Define medical terms related to skin condition diagnostics and treatments
  • Identify common nail diseases and disorders
  • Comprehend terms associated with the prevention and treatment of neoplastic skin growths

12 Lessons in Chapter 18: Medical Terms for the Integumentary System
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What is the Function of the Integumentary System?

1. What is the Function of the Integumentary System?

In this lesson, we'll explore the function of the different parts of the integumentary system, which protects the body. We will look at how the skin and its accessory organs work together.

Human Skin: Layers, Function & Structure

2. Human Skin: Layers, Function & Structure

This lesson will cover the three main layers of your skin, which includes the epidermis, dermis, and subcutis. In addition, we'll learn about other skin cells and tissue, such as adipose tissue, keratinocytes, melanocytes, and Merkel's cells.

Skin Pathologies: Inflammatory & Allergic Eruptions

3. Skin Pathologies: Inflammatory & Allergic Eruptions

In this lesson, discover terms used to classify inflammatory skin conditions and their symptoms, including pruritus, erythema, psoriasis, dermatitis, erythema multiforme, urticaria, scleroderma, and ichthyosis.

Skin Pathologies: Sweating Disorders Vocabulary

4. Skin Pathologies: Sweating Disorders Vocabulary

Sweating happens to everyone at one time or another. This perspiration serves a valuable purpose, but to those with sweat gland dysfunction, it can become a problem. Learn the terminology used to describe sweat gland disorders in this lesson.

Nomenclature of Skin Lesions: Primary Lesions

5. Nomenclature of Skin Lesions: Primary Lesions

The skin is a wonderfully resilient organ, but at times it is unable to stop a growth or lesion from forming. In this lesson, discover many different types of skin lesions, their significance, and a pictorial representation for each.

Nomenclature of Skin Lesions: Secondary Lesions

6. Nomenclature of Skin Lesions: Secondary Lesions

In this lesson, explore the land of secondary skin lesions, or places where skin tissue has been injured by an outside influence. In order to help you envision this exciting dermatological terrain, terms ranging from crust to ulceration are defined, discussed, and given a descriptive picture.

Skin Lesion Nomenclature: Bruises, Birthmarks & Burns

7. Skin Lesion Nomenclature: Bruises, Birthmarks & Burns

In this lesson, you'll learn the terminology to describe bruises, burns, and birthmarks. We've all run into something, touched an item that was too hot, and been born, so you'll be able to relate to some, if not all, the terms we're about to cover!

Infectious Skin Conditions & Treatments: Medical Terms

8. Infectious Skin Conditions & Treatments: Medical Terms

Our skin, coupled with our immune system, provides a strong defense against germs that want to harm us. However, sometimes the germs prevail and infection sets in. In this lesson, you'll become familiar with the terminology for various infections of the skin.

Pathologies of the Hair

9. Pathologies of the Hair

Often, if we think about our hair, it's only to wish we had someone else's! But for an individual with a hair disorder, returning to his original hair becomes the greatest desire. In this lesson, learn the medical terms used to describe hair pathologies.

Nail Diseases & Disorders

10. Nail Diseases & Disorders

Our nails are an important extension of ourselves, literally! In this lesson, learn the terminology of various nail maladies, including: clubbing, koilonychia, onychophagia, onychocryptosis, paronychia, onychia, and onychomycosis.

Diagnosing Skin Conditions

11. Diagnosing Skin Conditions

What's that growing on my skin!? Discover the tools dermatologists use to accurately diagnose skin growths and disorders. Terminology explained in this lesson include shave biopsy, punch biopsy, bacterial skin culture, and fungal skin culture.

Terms for Preventing & Treating Neoplastic Skin Growths

12. Terms for Preventing & Treating Neoplastic Skin Growths

Sadly, skin cancer is a growing epidemic in our nation. In this lesson, we explore the associated risk factors, prevention techniques, and treatment procedures used to eradicate various types of skin cancer.

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