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The skin and its parts

beauty spot

noun

a small dark spot on the skin. The American word is beauty mark.

birthmark

noun

a red or brown mark on the skin that some people are born with

cuticle

noun

a layer of hard skin at the base of a nail on a finger or toe

dermis

noun

the thick sensitive layer of skin that is just below the epidermis. It contains blood, the ends of the nerves, blood vessels, and sweat glands.

epidermis

noun

the outer layer of skin on top of the dermis. Hair and feathers grow from the epidermis.

flesh

noun

a person’s skin

fold

noun

an area of skin that hangs in a loose way on someone’s body

follicle

noun

a very small hole in your skin that contains the root of a hair

freckle

noun

a small brown spot on your skin. A permanent raised brown spot on your skin is called a mole.

goose bumps

noun

goose pimples

gooseflesh

noun

goose pimples

goose pimples

noun

if you get goose pimples, very small lumps appear on your skin and your hairs stand up straight, because you are cold, frightened, or excited

line

noun

a thin mark on someone’s skin that appears especially as they get older

mole

noun

a dark brown lump or spot on your skin that is permanent

pore

noun

one of the very small holes in your skin that sweat can pass through

scalp

noun

the skin and hair cut off an enemy’s head as a sign of victory by some native american groups in the past

skin

noun

the outer layer of a person’s or animal’s body

skin

noun

relating to or affecting your skin

subcutaneous

adjective

under the skin

sweat duct

noun

one of the many small tubes in your skin that take sweat up to the skin’s surface

wrinkle

noun

a line that appears on your skin when you get older, or when your skin has been damaged by the sun

emoji

a small digital image … which is used in electronic communication to express emotion or other simple concepts

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major on (doing) sth

to have or do a lot of something; to focus on a particular thing

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