- System Name: The integumentary system
- System Purpose: Protect body against pathogens, dehydration, and more
- System Location: Covers the entire human body
- System Organs: Skin, hair, nails and more
- System TA ID: A16.0.00.001
- System FMA ID: 72979
17 Integumentary System Facts for Kids
- The integumentary system is an organ system that protects the human body from pathogens, damage and water loss.
- The parts of the integumentary system are the skin (epidermis, dermis and hypodermis), hair, nails and glands.
- Skin is the organ that covers the outer part of the human body.
- Skin is the largest and heaviest organ in the human body.
- Hair is the protein filament found on the human head, face, arms, legs and back.
- Hair grows out from hair follicles found in the dermal layer of the skin.
- Nails are a keratin protein material that grow on the end of human hands and feet.
- The integumentary system protects all the organs and tissue inside of the human body.
- The integumentary system protects the human body from pathogens, like viruses, bacteria and fungi.
- The integumentary system protects the human body from rapid temperature changes.
- The integumentary system helps regulate body temperature and excrete waste through perspiration.
- The integumentary system supports some of the senses of the human body, like pain, pressure, touch and temperature.
- The integumentary system protects the body from UV radiation (sunburn) by producing melanin.
- The integumentary system creates vitamin D from sunlight exposure.
- The integumentary system can store fat, glucose, water and vitamin D.
- The Foundational Model of Anatomy ID (FMA ID) for the integumentary system is 72979.
- The Terminologia Anatomica ID (TA ID) for the integumentary system is A16.0.00.001.
Pictures of the Integumentary System
A close-up picture of human skin and a human hair.
A close-up picture of human hair that’s black and gray.
A picture of human nails, both on fingers and toes.
Additional Resources on the Human Integumentary System
- Learn about the Integumentary System – Discover how the integumentary system works and develops on the UNSW Sydney website.
- Integumentary System Diagram – View an awesome infographic that explains how the integumentary system works on the Live Science website.
- The Integumentary System – Find more cool facts about the integumentary system on the innerbody website.
- Integumentary System – Wikipedia – Learn more about the human integumentary system on the Wikipedia website.