This corpuscle is a “fast-adapting mechanoreceptor” that helps us to perceive light, superficial vibratory sensations. It is involved in the sense of touch, particularly when the skin is touched lightly or comes into contact with moving objects.
Au cœur du derme
The dermis, a connective tissue located between the epidermis and the hypodermis, consists of a gel that surrounds fibroblasts, collagen fibres, elastin fibres and other structural molecules. The thickness of the dermis increases during childhood and adolescence, reaches a plateau, and decreases after the age of 50. The dermis has two layers: the superficial or papillary dermis, and the deep or reticular dermis. It is highly vascularised and in addition to providing support (through its collagen and elastin fibres) it plays an important nutritive role. The dermis also contributes to thermoregulation, the wound healing process and the elimination of bodily waste (in the form of sweat, which contains urea).
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