False-colour SEM of the lining of the human uterus

False-colour SEM of the lining of the human uterus

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Caption: False-colour scanning electron micrograph of the heavily-folded internal surface of the human endometrium, the mucosal lining of the uterus, taken at the mid secretory stage (around the 20th day of menstrual cycle). The endometrium consists of a ciliated epithelium supported by a highly cellular connective tissue stroma containing many tubular glands. After ovulation (the release of the egg from the ovary) & under the influence of the hormone progesterone, these glands secrete glycogen, mucous & lipids to provide a moist & hospitable environment for the potential implantation of a fertilised egg. Magnification: X 170 at 35mm size.

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Keywords: anatomy, endometrium, false-coloured, female, human body, reproduction, reproductive system, uterus

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