Histology Testbank: Skin 5

Instructions: For each histology question, pick the one best answer. This histology test bank is also useful for the histology questions on the USMLE (USMLE step 1). Click here for answers and detailed explanations.

The papillary layer is part of which layer?
a. Epidermis
b. Dermis
c. Hypodermis
d. Both a and b
e. None of the above

Which layer of the epidermis contains star shaped cells?
a. Stratum basale
b. Stratum spinosum
c. Stratum granulosum
d. Stratum lucidum
e. Stratum corneum

Which of the following layers comprise the skin?
a. Epidermis
b. Dermis
c. Hypodermis
d. Both a and b
e. Both b and c

Which cell is responsible for skin pigmentation?
a. Langerhans cell
b. Keratinocyte
c. Melanocyte
d. Merkel cell
e. Fibroblast

Which of the following responds to pain?
a. Free nerve endings
b. Ruffini's corpuscles
c. Pacinian corpuscles
d. Krause's end bulbs
e. Meissner's corpuscle

What is the correct term for cuticle?
a. Lunula
b. Eponychium
c. Matrix
d. Nail bed
e. Root

What color is keratin with Masson's trichrome stain?
a. Red
b. Pink
c. Green
d. Black
e. Yellow

What type of tissue makes up the dermis of the skin?
a. Mucous connective tissue
b. Mesenchyme
c. Loose irregular connective tissue
d. Dense irregular connective tissue
e. Dense regular connective tissue

What are the pressure receptors in skin called?
a. Psammoma bodies
b. Corpora arenacea
c. Hassall's corpuscles
d. Prostatic concretions
e. Pacinian corpuscles

Which sensory receptor in the skin is NOT encapsulated?
a. Ruffini endings
b. Free nerve endings
c. Pacinian corpuscles
d. Meissner's corpuscles
e. Merkel cells

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