Skin FAQs:

Q: Is a skin the soft outer covering of vertebrates?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a skin covered by the most outer skin layer?

A: Yes, and the epidermis.

Q: Is a skin largely due to chromatophores in the dermis?

A: Yes, and which, in addition to melanin, may contain guanine or carotenoid pigments.

Q: Is a skin an organ of the integumentary system made up of multiple layers of ectodermal tissue?

A: Yes, and guards the underlying muscles, bones, ligaments and internal organs.

Q: Is a skin part of the adaptive immune system?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a skin very hard and thick?

A: Yes, and can be processed to create leather.

Q: Is a skin prestreched?

A: Yes, and like wetsuits around the diver's body, and in other cases the intact skin is under compression.

Q: Is a skin promoted by the reception of estrogen?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a skin a soft tissue and exhibits key mechanical behaviors of these tissues?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a skin not a strong barrier?

A: Yes, and especially regarding the passage of chemicals via skin and is often subject to osmosis and diffusive forces.