Simple Squamous Epithelial Tissue

Simple Squamous Epithelial Tissue

Author: Aaron Mullally

- identify this tissue by understanding its morphological characteristics

- understand where this tissue is found

- know that this tissue is important in areas of rapid exchange between two surfaces

- know that this tissue is used to form serous membranes on the outside of highly moveable organs

Here is a quick look at simple squamous epithelial tissues

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Overview of Simple Squamous Epithelial Tissue

Simple squamous epithelium
- a single row of flat cells
- permits diffusion across membranes
- forms the serosa of many organs, remember this is a tissue that produces serous (watery) secretions
- also forms the glomeruli of the kidneys, alveoli of the lungs & endothelium of the uterus

- simple squamous epithelium found lining hollow organs is called endothelium

- simple squamous epithelium found covering organs is called the mesothelium/serosa


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Source: Self Made

Simple Squamous Epithelium

Here is a quick explanation of simple squamous epithelial tissues

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 Squamous Eipthelium

Here are some various images of simple squamous epithelium for you to take a look at.