Ovarian follicle, light micrograph

Ovarian follicle, light micrograph

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Caption: Ovarian follicle. Light micrograph of a section through an ovarian follicle (round, centre) containing a developing human egg cell (oocyte, light, centre). Surrounding the oocyte are cuboidal follicular cells (dark dots). This is a tertiary ovarian follicle, at the beginning of the antral phase. The antral phase is characterised by the formation of a fluid filled cavity (antrum) adjacent to the oocyte. When mature this follicle will be a Graafian follicle. The entire process is known as ovulation, and is part of the human reproductive process in females. Magnidfication: x345 when printed 10 centimetres across.

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