Description: Single layer of tall
cells with round to oval nuclei; many
cells bear microvilli, some bear cilia;
layer may contain mucus-secreting
unicellular glands (goblet cells).
Function: Absorption; secretion
of mucus, enzymes, and other
substances; ciliated type propels
mucus (or reproductive cells) by
Location: Nonciliated type lines
most of the digestive tract (stomach
to rectum), gallbladder, and excretory
ducts of some glands; ciliated variety
lines small bronchi, uterine tubes,
and some regions of the uterus.