THE ONLINE EPITHELIUM
An epithelium is a special arrangement of cells that line many parts of our body including the skin as well as lining any tubular structures in the body. Generally speaking epithelium makes up the 'functional' parts of all of our organs. An epithelium rests on a basement membrane and is defined as an avascular tissue, meaning no vessels run through it. The cells that make up epithelial tissue are situated closely together as sheets or glands that separate a surface from underlying tissue. Because of their function, epithelial cells have a few prime distinguishing features. Read more about:
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