Epithelial Cell

Epithelial cell - One of the four basic cell types, found lining the body's cavities, blood vessels, organs and constitutes most gland tissue.  These cells are specialized to aid with absorption, secretion, or act as a barrier from foreign objects.

  1. Saladin, K. S., & Miller, L. (1998). Anatomy & physiology. New York (NY): WCB/McGraw-Hill.

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  • epithelial cells
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