Saturday, 23 February 2013

2.89 describe the role of the skin in temperature regulation, with reference to sweating, vasoconstriction and vasodilation

Sweating- when too hot, glands under the skin secrete sweat, this increases heat loss by evaporation.
Vasoconstriction- blood vessels by the skin shrink, this reduces the blood which runs by the surface meaning less heat can be lost to the air.
Vasodilation- blood vessels by the skin grow, this means that more blood, and so more heat, is travelling near the surface of your body, in this way heat will be lost as it is conducted by the air.


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  2. Vasodilation => when the blood vessels supplyong your skin capillaries dilate, blood flows into the capillaries, you flush and lose heat by radiation through your skin.

    Vasoconstriction=> if the blood vessels constrict, the warm blood is kept deep in your body so that less heat is lost.

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  3. Sweating cools you down as when the sweat evaporates the energy causing it to do so is provided by the body this is called the latent heat of vaporisation

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