Talk:Skin

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Note that much of the old discussion here concerns things now moved to the human skin article.

Surface area[edit]

I choose to question the statement that the skin has the largest surface area of all the organs. The lungs, for instance, has an immense surface area, though I am not sure of the numbers. Thus, I raise the issue here. What I do know is that the lungs, if placed outside the confinement of the body, could reach a volume of 6 cubical meters, if all the folds were to be straightened. Please help to look into this. --TVPR 11:50, 9 Feb 2005 (UTC)

Okay, I'm removing the statement about surface area until someone can back it up. The interor of the intestine, for instance, can reach a surface area of 300 square meters. Yes, really. And the intestine is one single organ. --TVPR 08:49, 10 Feb 2005 (UTC)

This is from Hole's Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology, Eighth Edition, Chapter 6, page 113. "If the skin of 150-pound person were spread out flat, it would cover approximately 20 square feet. Jordan Yang 18:02, 14 Oct 2005 (UTC)

Yes, I found that also in MSN Encarta where it would spread out 20 square feet from a 150 pound male

Sexual Nature[edit]

Shouldn't there be something in the article about the sexual nature of skin on humans as a secondary sexual characteristic? -Unsigned


yes i think that there should be, because teenagers of my age do not really undersatnd about the skin No, would just imply racism.

Layers (continuation)[edit]

I read at the beginning of the article that the skin has 3 primary layers. Then they divide the epidermis and dermis into 8 more layers and state that the Hypodermis is "not part of the skin." ??? This doesn’t make sense. Didgepenguin

do merge[edit]

Epidermis is part of the skin, it should be put as a subdivision under sub-layers, as well as dermis and hypodermis.

Introduction section[edit]

I was just browsing through this article and it seems like it needs a bit of work. The first thing i noticed was the introduction, it has too much information that should be elsewhere. Such as the comments on skin cancer that should really be in a dedicated section. -27May07

Help! I need to no the four skkin cells. e-mail back brandon__150@hotmail.com

Wrong facts in article.[edit]

The following is wrong.

"The skin on the palms and the soles of the feet is 4 mm thick and the thickest skin in the body."

The palms and soles don't have the thickest skin in the body. The skin in this areas is called "thick skin" because it has a thick epidermal layer, not because it is actually "thick".

The thickest skin is actually on the upper back.

I repeat, the terms "thick" and "thin" skin don't relate to the metric thickness of the skin (epidermis + dermis) but the thickness of the epidermal layer.

"Fish and Amphibians"[edit]

I am currently in a Comparative Anatomy of Vertebrates course at PLU and noticed that under the "Other Animals" section--specifically for "Fish and Amphibians" that there is some information regarding Mucous and Granular glands however I was wondering if I could enter an overall subsection labeled "Glands" for the amphibians as it seems rather incomplete. Does this section merit enough value for additional information with credible sources? Thank you. Beckjt (talk) 04:52, 19 April 2017 (UTC)

Absolutely, Beckjt. Feel free to WP:BOLDly edit the article (please provided reliable sources for what you add though!) and I'll keep an eye on it.--Tom (LT) (talk) 11:45, 20 April 2017 (UTC)