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Integumentary System

Medical TermMeaning
epithelium a tissue composed of a layer of cells
squamos flat cells with an irregular flattened shape; minimal barrier to diffusion; relatively inactive metabolically
cuboidal have a shape similar to a cube
columnar taller than they are wide; small intestine lined with this tissue; have microvilli, great for absorbtion
transitional lining organs that can stretch; cells can slide over each other
simple single layer of cells
stratified More than one layer of cells; can usually withstand large amounts of stress; cannot have cilia
pseudostratified with cilia in pseudostratified columnar epithelium; only a single layer of cells, but the position of the nuclei gives the impression that it is stratified
integumentary system largest organ system of an animal by surface area, comprising skin, hair, feathers, scales, nails, sweat glands and their products