SELINA Solutions for Class 9 Biology Chapter 13 - Skin - The Jack Of All Trades

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Chapter 13 - Skin- Exercise Ex. 1

Question A

Mutiple Choice Questions:

1. If for some reason the sebaceous glands fail to function,

(a) the body will not be able to regulate the body temperature

(b) the skin will turn darker with more melanin

(c) the hairs will fail to grow

(d) the skin will turn dry and rough

2. Which one pair of two conditions includes both as abnormal conditions of skin pigmentation?

(a) Leucoderma, Ringworm

(b) Albinism, Leucoderma

(c) Baldness, Albinism

(d) Rickets, Baldness

3. Which one out of the organs listed below, most actively functions in regulating our body temperature?

(a) Heart

(b) Lungs

(c) Skin

(d) Stomach

4. Sweat glands are situated in:

(a) Epidermis

(b) Dermis

(c) Both

(d) None of the above

5. The epidermis is highly thickened in:

(a) Eyelid

(b) Thigh

(c) Lip

(d) Palm

Solution A

1. (d) the skin will turn dry and rough

2. (b) Albinism, Leucoderma

3. (c) Skin

4. (b) Dermis

5. (d) Palm

Question B.1

Name the principal body heat regulating centre in our brain.

Solution B.1

Hypothalamus, a portion of the forebrain is the principal body heat regulating centre in our brain.

Question B.2

Name any one modified sweat gland and any one modified sebaceous gland.

Solution B.2

Modified sweat gland: Mammary gland

Modified sebaceous gland: Ceruminous gland

Question B.3

Name the skin glands which when inflamed cause acne.

Solution B.3

Sebaceous glands

Question C.1

State any two functions of the mammalian skin other than those concerned with heat regulation.

Solution C.1

Functions of the mammalian skin other than those concerned with heat regulation:

(i) Storage of food: Skin acts as a storehouse of energy by storing reserve food in the form of fat in the hypodermis.

(ii) Synthesis of Vitamin D: Skin has the ability to synthesize small quantity of Vitamin D in the presence of sunlight.

Question C.2

What is "goose-flesh"? How is it brought about?

Solution C.2

A peculiar roughness of the skin produced by cold or fear, in which the hair follicles become erect and form bumps on the skin is called goose flesh.

Goose flesh occurs when the muscles at the base of hair known as erectors or arrectors, contract. The erector muscles are obliquely placed between the hair follicle and the outer part of dermis. They are smooth muscles that are necessary to move the hair. The contraction of erector muscle pulls the hair vertical and depresses the epidermis, resulting in goose flesh.

Question C.3

What is the difference between leucoderma and albinism?

Solution C.3

Leucoderma

Albinism

Loss of skin pigmentation from smaller or larger patches at different regions of the body

Complete loss of pigmentation of the skin all over the body

 

Question C.4

Name any two glands found in the human skin. State their functions.

Solution C.4

Two glands found in the human skin are:

1. Ceruminous gland: It is a modified sebaceous gland found in the auditory canal. It secretes wax-like substance called ear wax.

2. Mammary gland: It is a modified sweat gland. It is related to reproductive hormones and pregnancy.

Question C.5

An otherwise normal healthy young man started perspiring while it was intensely cold outside. What could have been one reason for it?

Solution C.5

Fever and sickness or any kind of vigorous activity can lead to perspiration even in cold outside.

Question D.1

Enumerate in a tabular form the different structures found in the epidermis and dermis of the human skin respectively.

Solution D.1

Epidermis

Dermis

1. Stratum corneum:

It is the outermost layer having layers of flattened dead cells made up of horny protein called keratin.

It consists of elastic fibres, blood vessels, nerves, etc.

2. Granular layer: It is very thin middle layer having two or three sublayers of flattened cells.

3. Malpighian layer: It is the innermost region of the epidermis. The cells can actively divide to produce new cells.

 

Question D.2

Explain the terms "vasodilation" and "vasoconstriction". How do these processes contribute in temperature regulation of the body?

Solution D.2

Vasodilation: Dilation of blood vessels in the skin leading to an increase in the blood supply.

Vasoconstriction: Narrowing of blood vessels leading to reduction in the blood supply to the skin.

Temperature regulation in cold weather:

1. At low temperature, the blood vessels get narrowed or vasoconstricted. This reduces the blood supply to the skin.

2. There is less loss of heat by convection, conduction and radiation. There is less loss of heat through vapourization as reduced blood supply lowers the secretion of sweat by sweat glands.

Selina Solutions Icse Class 9 Biology Chapter - Skin The Jack Of All Trades 

Temperature regulation in hot weather:

1. At high temperature, the blood supply to the skin is increased by vasodilation or dilation of blood vessels in the skin.

2. This results in greater loss of heat by convection, conduction and radiation. There is more loss of heat through vapourization as more sweat is secreted due to rich supply of blood to the skin.

Question D.3

How does our skin provide protection to our body against the following?

(a) Entry of germs ____________

(b) Excessive loss of heat in severe cold ____________

(c) Entry of harmful ultra-violet rays ____________

Solution D.3

(a) Entry of germs: Skin prevents the entry of harmful substances or infectious agents inside the body.

(b) Excessive loss of heat in severe cold: Skin prevents energy loss from the body. It conserves body heat in cold weather and facilitates loss of heat in hot weather.

(c) Entry of harmful ultra-violet rays: Skin protects the body against harmful ultraviolet light.

Question E.1

Draw a labelled diagram of the generalized vertical section of the mammalian skin.

Solution E.1

Selina Solutions Icse Class 9 Biology Chapter - Skin The Jack Of All Trades 

            Vertical section of the mammalian skin

Question E.2

Given below is a diagrammatic sketch of the vertical section of the human skin.

Selina Solutions Icse Class 9 Biology Chapter - Skin The Jack Of All Trades 

(a) Label the parts numbered from 1 to 9. 

(b) State one main function of each of the following parts : 

(i) Part 2 

(ii) Part 3 

(iii) Part 4 

(iv) Part 9 

(c) Name any one of the above parts which has at least three functions. 

(d) Part 4 may add to one's good appearance or the "figure". State one example of this function which may be common to both men and women. 

Solution E.2

(a)

1: Sweat pore

2: Sebaceous gland

3: Sweat gland

4: Fat

5: Dermis

6: Stratum malpighian

7: Stratum corneum

8: Epidermis

9: Hair

(b)

Function of part 2 (Sebaceous gland): It produces oil called sebum, which plays a role in keeping our skin moist.

Function of part 4 (Fat): The skin reserves food in the form of a layer of fat.

Function of part 3 (Sweat gland): It secretes a transparent liquid (sweat) containing water and salts from the body in order to regulate body temperature.

Function of part 9 (Hair): Hair provide a sensation of touch and are also helpful in forensic investigations.

(c) Part which has at least three functions (Sebaceous gland):

(i) Skin protection

(ii) Secretes an oily substance known as sebum that lubricates hair and skin of mammals

(iii) Presence of sebum enables to experience a wet skin even when we have not taken bath for days

(d) The one function which may be common to both men and women is that the fat serves as a food reserve and heat insulating layer as well as a shock absorber.