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Epithelial Tissue

Different types of epithelia, their location, and their function

TermDefinition
one layer of cells simple epithelium
several layers of cells stratified epithelium
thin and flat shape squamous epithelia
square/cube-like shape cuboidal epithelia
tall, slender rectangles like a column columnar epithelia
found lining ventral body cavities, lining heart and blood vessels, portions of kidney tubules, inner lining of cornea and alveoli simple squamous
functions as reduces friction, controls vessel permeability, performs absorption and secretion simple squamous
located in the glands and ducts, portions of kidney tubules, and thyroid gland simple cuboidal
functions as limited protection, secretion and absorption simple cuboidal
located in the lining of the stomach, intestines, gallbladder, uterine tubes, and collecting ducts of kidneys simple columnar
functions as protection, secretion and absorption simple columnar
located on surface of skin, lining of mouth, throat, esophagus, rectum, anus and vagina stratified squamous
functions as physical protection against abrasion, pathogens and chemical attack stratified squamous
located in the lining of nasal cavity, trachea, and bronchi; portions of the male reproductive tract pseudostratified ciliated columnar
functions as protection, secretion and moves mucus with cilia pseudostratified ciliated columnar
located in urinary bladder, renal pelvis and ureters transitional epithelium
permits expansion and recoil after stretching transitional epithelium
Created by: lizzy.spangler