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Pharynx Histology – Epithelial Lining of the Pharynx

Epithelial Lining of the Pharynx (introduction to pharynx histology)

  • The surface of the image descriptionnasopharynx is covered by the same pseudostratified columnar epithelium that is found in the nasal cavity.

 

Sagittal view view of the head and neck demostrating pharnx histology and especially the epithelial lining
Sagittal view view of the head and neck demostrating pharnx histology and especially the epithelial lining with labels: Oropharynx and laryngopharanyx and Pseudostratified columnar epithelium
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  • Goblet cells in the epithelium secrete mucus, which further cleans, warms, and moistens inhaled air before it moves deeper into the respiratory tract.
Sagittal view view of the head and neck demostrating pharnx histology and especially the epithelial lining
Sagittal view view of the head and neck demostrating pharnx histology and especially the epithelial lining with labels: Oropharynx and laryngopharanyx and stratified squamous epithelium
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  • These areas also form part of the digestive tract. When food is swallowed, the multiple cell layers in the stratified epithelium help protect the underlying tissues from damage caused by food moving through the passageway.

An Overview of the Epithelial Lining of the Pharynx

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Epithelium of the Pharynx test yourself hidden answers
Test yourself while observing the Epithelial Lining of the Pharynx anatomy
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