The largest organ in the human body is the one you can see most easily: the skin. The skin is considered an organ because it has very specific functions — like maintaining body temperature and protecting the other organs from bacteria — that require some specialized tissues.

The skin of an average adult has a surface area of over 21 square feet and accounts for 6% to 10% of your body weight, edging out the liver, your body’s second-largest organ, which accounts for approximately 2.5% of your body weight.  Also, lots of the dust you see in your house is made up dead skin flakes.

Here’s 50 more facts…

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50 Facts About Your Largest Organ..... Your Skin
50 Facts About Your Largest Organ….. Your Skin. Source: BeautyFlash

 

 

  • Simon Clark

    Hi RI – I love your stuff. Informative and helpful. So I was very disappointed to see unsubstantiated alternative vitamin claims on your infographic. And you should have known better, getting that information from Reader’s Digest. No vitamin has any benefit beyond correcting defficiencies. The myth that connsuming antioxidents will help prevent aging, cancer or sun damage was disproved decades ago, and is dangerous. When people should be wearing sunscreen, and quitting cigarettes, they are taking vitamin-E instead.
    And why does cellulite need to be “Treated”??

    • Hi Simon,

      You’re absolutely right – your points are valid and we should have noted them ourselves before posting the infographic (we liked the other stuff in it). Thanks for your correction – it’s great that you took the time to post your thoughts and we really appreciate it. We’ll make it up to you – a fun and interesting post about celebrities and their pseudoscience is coming up soon.

      Cheers,

      RI

    • relativelyinteresting

      Hi Simon,

      You’re absolutely right – your points are valid and we should have noted them ourselves before posting the infographic (we liked the other stuff in it). Thanks for your correction – it’s great that you took the time to post your thoughts and we really appreciate it. We’ll make it up to you – a fun and interesting post about celebrities and their pseudoscience is coming up soon.

      Cheers,

      RI