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Interactions Among Systems

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  • You should understand by now that organ systems interact to maintain homeostasis. Each organ system has a specific job to complete, however organ systems must also work together to keep the organism healthy. You read about how thermoregulation maintains a steady body temperature, and involves multiple organ systems.

    Disruptions to homeostasis can be harmful. A disruption can be caused by any of the following:

    • sensors fail
    • targets do not receive messages
    • injury
    • illness

    Short term disruptions usually cause little or no harm. Long term disruptions can be more damaging. Watch the Bozeman Science video, Homeostatic Disruptions