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columnar epithelium

noun, Biology
epithelium consisting of one or more layers of elongated cells of cylindrical or prismatic shape. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for columnar epithelium
  • The mucous lining of the lacrimal sac and nasolacrimal duct is covered with columnar epithelium, which in places is ciliated.
  • The surface of the mucous membrane is covered by a single layer of columnar epithelium with occasional goblet cells.
  • Each gland is lined by short columnar epithelium and contains numerous goblet cells.
  • Simple columnar epithelium lines the stomach and intestines.
columnar epithelium in Medicine

columnar epithelium n.
Epithelium made up of cells that are taller than they are wide and that form a single layer.

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