The Stratum Granulosum is a layer of
skin located within the epidermis.
(The skin is also known as the "integument",
More specifically, the stratum granulosum is a layer
of the epidermis (outer-skin) that consists of approx. 5 layers of flattened
(but not dead) keratinocytes with granules from which a water-repellent
lipid is released.
This lipid is important because it protects the body from loss of excess
fluid while also guarding against the entry of foreign substances into
body via the epidermis layer of the skin.
To view the location of stratum granulosum
relative to the other key components of the skin see:
of the Structure of the Skin. This may be of particular interest
to students of courses in massage,
reflexology, beauty therapies, and other clinical courses.