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The Vertebrate Trait Ontology (VT) is being developed as a collaborative effort between the Rat Genome Database at the Medical College of Wisconsin (RGD,, Mouse Genome Informatics at the Jackson Laboratory ( and the Animal QTL database at Iowa State University ( For more information about this vocabulary, or to request additions or changes, please contact us (

Term:skin barrier function trait
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Accession:VT:0002796 term browser browse the term
Definition:Any measurable or observable characteristic related to the ability of the membranous protective covering of the body to provide a protective barrier, to prevent water loss, moderate water integration and prevent foreign substances and bacteria from entering the body.
Synonyms:xref: GO:0033561 "regulation of water loss via skin"

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  vertebrate trait 2379
    organism trait 936
      homeostasis trait 547
        fluid regulation trait 3
          skin barrier function trait 0
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  vertebrate trait 2379
    organism subdivision trait 180
      surface structure trait 180
        surface structure physiology trait 0
          integumentary system physiology trait 0
            skin physiology trait 0
              skin barrier function trait 0
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