Large intestine, SEM

Large intestine, SEM

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Caption: Large intestine. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the mucosa (lining) of the colon, showing numerous tubular glands (creases) and goblet cells (small dots). Goblet cells secrete mucus to lubricate food and prevent self-digestion. Magnification: x135 when printed 10 centimetres wide.

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