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in this next set of videos we're going to talk about something called the integumentary system the integumentary system and what does that mean I mean I can understand what the cardiovascular system is or the pulmonic system or the renal system but what is your integumentary mentary system and there are actually two things we talked about the integumentary system is comprised of your skin as well as your appendages now appendage what does that sound like to you an appendage could be something like something that hangs off or something that's a part of like your arm is a part of your torso well the appendages of your integumentary system involve things like your nails on your fingers and on your toes your hair the top of your head or on your arm or elsewhere and also things like your sweat glands or glands in general kind of fall under this classification we'll talk in detail about these appendages later but I want to focus on the skin right now and do a bit of an overview because whether you recognize it or not the skin is actually the largest organ in or on your body it's 21 pounds that's far heavier than your liver or your lungs and yet many of us can go an entire day without thinking about the functions of our skin well what are the functions of our skin if I told you this was your arm right here and this is you giving a little thumbs up and then your fist and then this going back here what is it the skin and your arm enables you to do well one thing you may have noticed is that when it's raining outside and you've got raindrops drop it on your head one thing your skin enables you to do is be impermeable to the water it's impermeable to water and other things that try and breach its layers and go into your organs or your bloodstream it's impermeable it cannot be passed and that's as true for water and other molecules like this virus right here which I'm drawing here's this little capsid and it's little legs once the and in effect the cells of your body but thankfully your skin says no to this virus and it's not allowed to enter or breach this barrier because it's impermeable but it's not just a structural barrier it also has an immunologic function as well your skin can secrete things like antibodies or even enzymes like lysozymes these are the guys that will go and take on these viruses or say if there's a bacterium that's present that has intentions of also getting you sick the antibodies can coat this sucker right here and the lysozyme can assist in breaking down the cell wall to help protect your skin and so your skin also functions as part of the immune system so immunity is also in play here not just with this antibody or this lysozyme perhaps you can imagine a scenario where the bacteria maybe even penetrates a few layers of your skin and thinks that it has an opportunity to set up shop or make an infection or abscess somewhere but you have cells that are within your top layers of skin like your Langerhans cells like we'll talk about that'll eat these bacteria up and prevent them from setting up shop or making you sicker than you should be other than immunity your skin can also perceive things in the environment if I have this little pin from a pin cushion that I can prick right here and it really hurts right there your skin will tell your brain hey maybe we shouldn't put our hands so close to this sharp object so your skin also has the responsibility of perceiving your environment and so it conducts sensation it's able to tell when there's a stimulus that's either painful so it perceives pain it can tell different temperatures whether something is hot or it's cold and also it can differentiate types of touch that are present and discriminate between textures whether something is just grazing your hand or something is poking you deeply and finally when you're outside and it's really hot just kind of as I was already alluding to with the ability to perceive temperature your skin has the ability to respond in a process that's called sweating as we know it we sweat because of our skin and the glands in our skin and it's all part of an overall process known as thermo regulation thermo regulation because our sweat allows us to cool off by a process known as evaporative cooling but there are also processes that involve our blood vessels here's a blood vessel in your arm right here that can help us conduct heat out of the body let's get rid of that heat because we notice it's already hot outside so the skin is so much more than just a barrier there's a lot that it does for us and in the next few videos we'll go into detail about how all of these functions are achieved