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lines that can be extrapolated by connecting linear openings made when a round pin is driven into the skin of a cadaver, resulting from the principal axis of orientation of the subcutaneous connective tissue (collagen) fibers of the dermis; they vary in direction with the region of the body surface.
[Carl Ritter von Edenberg Langer, Austrian anatomist, 1819–1887]
The structural orientation of the fibrous tissue of the skin, forming the natural cleavage lines that, though present in all body areas, are visible only in certain sites such as the creases of the palm. These lines are of particular importance in surgery. Incisions made parallel to them make a much smaller scar upon healing than those made at right angles to the lines. Synonym: skin tension linesSee: illustration
Langer,Karl (Ritter von Edenberg), Austrian anatomist, 1819-1887.
Langer arch - Synonym(s): axillary arch muscle
Langer lines - lines which can be extrapolated by connecting linear openings made when a round pin is driven into the skin of a cadaver. Synonym(s): cleavage lines
Langer muscle - Synonym(s): axillary arch muscle