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June 1967

Desquamation of the Human Horny Layer

Author Affiliations


From the Department of Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine, Philadelphia 19104.

Arch Dermatol. 1967;95(6):583-586. doi:10.1001/archderm.1967.01600360029004

By protecting various portions of the skin surface, the morphology of the shedding process has been discerned. Normal desquamation is neither in the form of subcellular particles nor as a microscopic dust of individual cells. The stratum corneum cracks up in its outermost portion into aggregates of cells to be finally shed as fine scales and flakes.

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