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Reticular dermis

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The reticular layer of the dermis (RD) consists of dense irregular connective tissue, which differs from the papillary layer (PD), which is made up of mainly loose connective tissue (note the difference in the number of cells). The reticular layer of the dermis is important in giving the skin it overall strength and elasticity, as well as housing other important epithelial derived structures such as glands and hair follicles.

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Jason R. Swanson
Last Updated: November 15,1996
Created: January 19, 1996