LM of a section through tip of intestinal villus

LM of a section through tip of intestinal villus

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Caption: Intestinal villi. Light micrograph of a longitudinal section through the tip of an intestinal villus. Villi are the finger-like projections that increase the surface area of the small intestine. Each villus is covered by columnar epithelium. The cells of the epithelium are of two main types. Enterocytes (with pink elongated nuclei) are involved in digestion. Goblet cells produce mucus (pale blue). The mucus lubricates food in the intestine and prevents self digestion. In the core of the villus is the lamina propria. This is where digestive products are absorbed into the blood. Magnification x315 at 6x7 cm size.

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Keywords: anatomy, digestion, digestive system, enterocyte, goblet cell, gut, human body, intestinal villi, intestine, light micrograph, mucus, small, small intestine, villus

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