Simple Columnar Epithelium

Simple Columnar Epithelium

Author: Aaron Mullally

- be able to identify simple columnar epithelium by understanding its morphology

- know where simple columnar epithelium is located

- know that this tissue has microvilli on its apical surface to increase its absorption ability

- know what a goblet cell is and what it produces and secretes

Here is an overview of simple columnar epithelia

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Overview of Simple Columnar Epithelium

Simple columnar epithelium
- single row of of tall, narrow cells
- have microvilli on the apical (top) surface of the cells
- also contain many mucous producing cells called goblet cells
- found in areas of the body with high levels of mucus secretion and where absorption takes place such as the kidneys and lining of the small intestine

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Source: Self Made

Simple Columnar Epithelium

Here is an explanation of simple columnar epithelium

Source: Self made with use of images from Marieb's Textbook of Anatomy & Physiology & http://www.udel.edu/biology/Wags/histopage/colorpage/cep/cep.htm

Images of Simple Columnar Epithelium

Here are some images of simple columnar epithelium for you to study. On the last image you can see the vasculature of the intestinal villi. I put this in here to illustrate the importance of absorbing food into the bloodstream and how this is done.