Small intestine villi, section

Small intestine villi, section

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Credit: THOMAS DEERINCK, NCMIR/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Villi in the small intestine, fluorescent light micrograph. Villi are finger-like projections from the inner lining of the small intestine that serve to increase the surface area available for absorption of nutrients from food. Each villus has a red outer layer surrounding blood vessels that carry the nutrients into the bloodstream. Cell nuclei have been stained green.

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Keywords: absorption, absorptive, anatomical, anatomy, biological, biology, cell, cells, digestion, digestive system, epithelial, epithelium, fluorescent light micrograph, gut, histological, histology, human body, light microscope, small intestine, villi, villus

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