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Basic Anatomy - Tissues & Organs
         There are many different types of cells in the human body.  None of these cells function well on there own, they are part of the larger organism that is called - you.
Cells group together in the body to form tissues - a collection of similar cells that group together to perform a specialized function.  There are 4 primary tissue types in the human body: epithelial tissue, connective tissue, muscle tissue and nerve tissue.
1. Epithelial Tissue - The cells of epithelial tissue pack tightly together and form continuous sheets that serve as linings in different parts of the body.  Epithelial tissue serve as membranes lining organs ...view middle of the document...

Organs are the next level of organization in the body.  An organ is a structure that contains at least two different types of tissue functioning together for a common purpose.  There are many different organs in the body: the liver, kidneys, heart, even your skin is an organ.  In fact, the skin is the largest organ in the human body and provides us with an excellent example for explanation purposes.  The skin is composed of three layers: the epidermis, dermis and subcutaneous layer.  The epidermis is the outermost layer of skin.  It consists of epithelial tissue in which the cells are tightly packed together providing a barrier between the inside of the body and the outside world.  Below the epidermis lies a layer of connective tissue called the dermis.  In addition to providing support for the skin, the dermis has many other purposes.  The dermis contains blood vessels that nourish skin cells.  It contains nerve tissue that provides feeling in the skin.  And it contains muscle tissue that is responsible for giving you 'goosebumps' when you get cold or frightened.  The subcutaneous layer is beneath the dermis and consists mainly of a type of connective tissue called adipose tissue.  Adipose tissue is more commonly known as fat and it helps cushion the skin and provide protection from cold temperatures.
 A cross-section of skin
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Organ Systems
Organ systems are composed of two or more different organs that work together to provide a common function.  There are 10 major organ systems in the human body, they are the:
* Skeletal System:
Image courtesy of A. McGann | Major Role:
The main role of the skeletal system is to provide support for the body, to protect delicate internal organs and to provide attachment sites for the organs. |
| Major Organs:
Bones, cartilage, tendons and ligaments. |
* Muscular System:

Image courtesy of G. Huang | Major Role:
The main role of the muscular system is to provide movement.  Muscles work in pairs to move limbs and provide the organism with mobility.  Muscles also control the movement of materials through some organs, such as the stomach and intestine, and the heart and circulatory system.  |
| Major Organs:
Skeletal muscles and smooth muscles throughout the body. |
   Circulatory System:

Image courtesy of G. Huang | Major Role:
The main role of the circulatory system is to transport nutrients, gases (such as oxygen and CO2), hormones and...

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