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This type of epithelial tissue does what it sounds like it does: lines things. What structures it lines depends on whether the lining is simple or stratified.

Simple epithelium is one layer thick and lines the respiratory tract, blood vessels, and glands in the digestive tract, including glands in the large intestine.

Stratified epithelium is several layers thick and lines the skin, mouth, and anal canal. Squamous cell carcinoma is an example of a cancer that develops from lining epithelium.

glossary/epithelial_lining_tissue.txt · Last modified: 2012/10/16 14:40 (external edit)