Small intestine, light micrograph

Small intestine, light micrograph

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Credit: STEVE GSCHMEISSNER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Small intestine. Light micrograph of a section through the finger-like projections (villi) of the duodenum, the uppermost part of the small intestine. These increase the surface area for the absorption of food. Within the columnar epithelium of the outer surface (green) are goblet cells (stained pink with special staining), which secrete mucus to lubricate food and prevent self-digestion. The lamina propria (central core, blue) contains the blood supply that transports the products of digestion. Magnification: x350 when printed at 10 centimetres wide.

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