Anatomy & physiology for beauty and complementary therapies by Ruth Hull

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Cells are the basic structural and functional unit of the body. 3. Cells are made up of a nucleus, cytoplasm, plasma membrane and various organelles. 4. The plasma membrane is a barrier that surrounds the cells and regulates the movements of substances into and out of it. It consists of lipids and proteins. 5. Lipids make up the structure of the membrane which is a phospholipid bilayer that also contains glycolipids and cholesterol. 6. Proteins are scattered in the phospholipid bilayer and act as channels, transporters and receptors.

Cytology is the study of cells. 2. Cells are the basic structural and functional unit of the body. 3. Cells are made up of a nucleus, cytoplasm, plasma membrane and various organelles. 4. The plasma membrane is a barrier that surrounds the cells and regulates the movements of substances into and out of it. It consists of lipids and proteins. 5. Lipids make up the structure of the membrane which is a phospholipid bilayer that also contains glycolipids and cholesterol. 6. Proteins are scattered in the phospholipid bilayer and act as channels, transporters and receptors.

2 The skin showing the main layers of the epidermis Stratum basale (stratum germinativum) – basal cell layer The stratum basale forms the deepest layer of the epidermis and is the layer closest to the dermis. Because it is close to the dermis it can receive nutrients and oxygen from it through the process of diffusion. This nourishment enables the stratum basale to produce millions of new cells each day. The stratum basale has the following characteristics: Did you know? When you shave the hairs off your skin, you are cutting off many layers of dead skin, yet you don’t bleed.

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