Oesophagus wall, light micrograph

Oesophagus wall, light micrograph

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Caption: Oesophagus wall. Coloured light micrograph (LM) of a longitudinal section through the human oesophagus, which passes food from the mouth to the stomach. The oesophagus lumen (white, top) is lined by a thick stratified squamous epithelium (pink with purple base). This protects underlying tissue and enables the passage of solid material by the lubricant action of its glandular secretion. Next is a supporting layer of connective tissue (upper centre), the lamina propria, rich in elastin fibres. Then the submucosa containing mucous glands, and beneath that is a thick layer of circular and longitudinal muscles (blue). Magnification: x25 at 35mm size.

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