noun (plural epithelia /-lēə/)Anatomy
1The thin tissue forming the outer layer of a body’s surface and lining the alimentary canal and other hollow structures.
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- Eighty-five percent of human ovarian tumors arise from the epithelium or surface layer of tissue that surrounds the ovaries.
- Each tonsil has an irregular number of ingrowths of the surface epithelium known as tonsillar crypts.
- The lining epithelium was often eroded, and the underlying stroma showed dense infiltration by inflammatory cells.
mid 18th century: modern Latin, from epi- 'above' + Greek thēlē 'teat'.
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- Eyelid closure is a process involving the migration of epithelial cells.
- The cornea is a living membrane, very thin and only composed of epithelial cells over a supporting matrix.
- Many of these cells closely resembled normal superficial epithelial cells.
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