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Cervical squamous metaplasia. Light micrograph of a section through a cervix showing squamous metaplasia. Metaplastic epithelium is a protective response that occurs where the endocervical canal, which links the vagina to the womb, is exposed to the acidic vaginal environment. Metaplastic squamous epithelium can be unstable and a potential site for cancer.
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