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Cell Shapes and arrangement of layers are the basis of classifying epithelial tissues.


Esophagus-Nonkeratinizing stratified squamous epithelium


stratified squamous epithelium: consists of squamous (flattened) epithelial cells arranged in layers upon a basal membrane; ex: skin; simple epithelium would only be one cell thick


Transitional epithelium resembles stratified squamous, but the surface cells are rounded. This epithelium is only found in the ureter and bladder. It is unique because it changes from round to flat, causing expansion of overall tissue. This process is how we urinate. When the bladder is expanded, the cells resemble squamous (flat) cells. When the bladder is empty, the cells resemble cuboidal cells.

Stratified Squamous Epithelium: Rounder Basal Cells, Flatter Cells Approaching the Apical Surface


stratified squamous epithelium tissue...


Histology Slide showing Stratified Squamous Epithelium - professionally prepared using histology stains.


Stratified squamous epithelium from the oesophagus with cuboidal columnal at the bottom