Epithelial cells

Epithelial Cells: Cells that line the inner and outer surfaces of the body by forming cellular layers (Epithelium) or masses. Epithelial cells lining the Skin; the Mouth; the Nose; and the Anal Canal derive from ectoderm; those lining the Respiratory System and the Digestive System derive from endoderm; others (Cardiovascular System and Lymphatic System) derive from mesoderm. Epithelial cells can be classified mainly by cell shape and function into squamous, glandular and transitional epithelial cells.1

Types

Types may include:2

Types of Epithelial Cell:

  • Alveolar Cell
  • Ameloblast
  • Basal Cell
  • Basaloid Cell
  • Eccrine Cell
  • Endocrine Cell and Neuroendocrine Cell
  • Epithelial Receptor Cell
  • Epithelial Reticular Cell
  • Glandular Cell
  • Light Cell
  • Mechanoreceptor Cell
  • Myoepithelial Cell
  • Olfactory Epithelial Cell
  • Podocyte
  • Renal Tubular Epithelial Cell
  • Reserve Cell
  • Specialized Epithelial Cell
  • Squamous Cell
  • Terminal Duct Cell
  • Thymic Epithelial Cell
  • Transitional Cell
  • Trophoblastic Cell
  • Type I Cell

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References

  1. Source: MeSH (U.S. National Library of Medicine)
  2. Source: NCI Thesaurus

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