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Fallopian tube, SEM

Fallopian tube, SEM

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SUSUMU NISHINAGA / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY SUSUMU NISHINAGA / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Fallopian tube. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of the epithelium of a fallopian tube (oviduct), one of two muscular tubes connecting the ovary to the uterus (womb). There are two different types of epithelial columnar cells: ciliated (light brown, hair-like) and secretory (brick red). The beat of the ciliated cells facilitates the transport of the ovum (egg) from the ovary towards the uterus. The secretory cells are covered by a vast number of microvilli and secrete substances that maintain a moist environment and provide nutrients to the ovum.

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