Flashcards in Excretion Deck (11):
What is homeostasis?
"Homeostasis is the ability of an organism to maintain a constant internal environment"
Necessary for organisms to survive efficiently in environments that are changing all the time
Organisms need to control their internal environment to allow metabolism
Examples of homeostasis:
- maintaining body temperature of 37 degrees = controlled by skin
- maintaining ph of blood and tissue fluid close to 7= controlled by kidneys
- preventing accumulation of waste in body= controlled by kidneys,skin and lungs
- maintaing correct concentration of oxygen = controlled by breathing system
- maintaining correct glucose concentration= controlled by endocrine system
What is temperature regulation in humans?
Temperature affects the rate of enzyme action
To control rate of enzyme reactions it is important to control body temperature
" Ectotherms are animals that gain or loose heat from their environment"
"Endotherms are animals that generate their own heat from metabolic reactions"
Endotherms are warm blooded
What are the parts of the skin?
The outer epidermis
- outer cornified layer full of keratin
- inner epidermis contains a granular layer, where keratin is formed
- The malphigan layer contains cells dividing by mitosis to replace those lost in cornified layer. Produces melanin
Which absorb uv rays that may cause cancer
The dermis contains sweat glands, nerve endings, sebaceous glands and blood glands
The innermost layer of adipose tissue is full of fat rich cells
What is temperature regulation by the skin
In cold conditions skin retains heat as follows...
- erector muscles contract. This causes the hairs to stand up and trap layer of warm air close to skin. "Piloerection"
- blood vessels contract, meaning less heat is lost to the outside. "Vascoconstriction"
I warm conditions....
- sweat is produced. As it evaporates it removes heat from the body. It is necessary to replace this loss of salt and water by drinking fluids especially when we perspire
- Blood vessels in the skin enlarge "vascodilation". Results in more blood flowing close to the surface to losses heat
What is excretion?
"Excretion Is the removal of all metabolic waste from the body"
Excretion in plants:
Equivilant to "loss of waste"
Plants loose oxygen and water vapour though stomata in the leaves and lenticels in the stem
They loose carbon dioxide through lenticels at night
Excretion and homeostasis:
- it removes excess water, salts and wastes from body
- acts to regulate osmosis
Organs of excretion....
- The skin ( excretes salts and water as sweat)
- The lungs (excrete co2 and water)
- The kidneys ( excrete water, salts and urea)
What is urea?
Proteins are digested into amino acids
Excess amino acids may become poisonous. To prevent this happening they are taken to our liver where they are broken down "deaminated" to form urea
Urea is a nitrogen containing salt. Carried out of our liver in our bloodstream
What are the parts of the urinary system?
The " renal arteries" carry blood that is high in waste products *salts, urea, and water* from aorta to kidney
The kidneys carry out 3 functions -
-They *filter* waste products from the blood, cortex
- They *reabsorb* useful materials from the filtrate, cortex and medulla
- They *secrete* some substances from the blood into the filtrate
The "renal viens" carry purified blood from kidneys back to vena cava for circulation around body
Urine is formed in the kidney
The bladder stores urine
The urethra carries urine out of the body
What are nephrons?
Neurons are structures in the kidney that make urine
A nephrons is a coiled tube about 3 cm long, which is open at one end.
Located mainly in the cortex
However the loop of Henle projects down into the medulla while collecting ducts enter pelvis
How is urine formed in the nephron?
Blood I renal arteries is high in wastes
The renal arteries forms many smaller arterioles
Each renal arteriole forms a number of afferent arterioles. Each of these arterioles enters the bowman capsule
Each afferent arterioles subdivides into a network of capillaries called a "glomerous "
Blood pressure in glomerous is higher than normal.....
- The blood in arteriole is under high pressure
- The incoming afferent arteriole is wide
- Outgoing arteriole is narrower " size difference increases pressure"
The high pressure causes filtration. This form is called ultra filtration
Larger substances *proteins, glucose, amino acids, vitamins, minerals* do not enter bowmans capsule
In the proximal convoluted tube
- water reabsorbed via osmosis
- glucose, amino acids, vitamins and minerals reabsorbed by diffusion and active transport
"Active transport is the movement of Molocules using energy against a concentration gradient "
How is urine formed in the nephrons or 2?
In the decending limb of Henle , water is reabsorbed by osmosis
In the ascending limb of the loop of Henle, salts salts are reabsorbed into medulla of the kidney by diffusion and active transport
In the distal convoluted tube
- water is reabsorbed by osmosis
- some salts are reabsorbed by diffusion and active transport
- secretion of salts and hydrogen ions from blood into tubule helps control the on of the blood
In the collecting duct, water is reabsorbed by osmosis ( due to high salt concentration in medulla), the liquid leaving the collecting ducts is urine