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stratified epithelium


Definition: epithelium composed of a series of layers, the cells of each varying in size and shape, where only the basal layer of cells comes in contact with the basement membrane. The term derives from the type of cells at the surface, stratified squamous epithelium, stratified columnar epithelium, stratified cilliated columnar epithelium.

Synonym(s): laminated epithelium

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