Nonciliated Simple Columnar Epithelium


This is an oil-immersion (1000 X) view of a section of the large intestine. Individual columnar cells are clearly seen. In addition, the goblet cells are especially prominent. At this power, it is easier to see the microvilli of the brush border. Remember, microvilli are extensions of cytoplasm which increase the surface area for absorption or excretion. These are NOT the same as cilia, which provide for movement of luminal contents in the respiratory tract and Fallopian tubes (note the complete name of this tissue: nonciliated simple columnar epithelium).

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