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Epithelial Tissue

The lining, covering and glandular tissue of the body

Apical Surface

The layer of plasma membrane on the apical side of the epithelial cells in a body tube or cavity

Basement Membrane

A structures material secreted by the cells

Simple Epithelium

Epithelium mad up of one layer of cells

Stratified Epithelium

Epithelium made up of a series of layers, the cells of each varying in size and shape

Simple Squamous

Single layer of think squamous cells resting on the basement membrane

Serous Membrane

Epithelium made up of a series of layers, the cells of each varying in size and shape

Simple Cuboidal Epithelium

One layer of cubical cells resting on the basement membrane, is common in glands and ducts

Simple Columnar Epithelium

Is made up of a single layer of tall cells that fit closely together

Goblet Cell

Produce lubricating mucus

Glandular Epithelium

Cells that secrete proteins or hormones either though osmosis or diffusion.


An organ that secretes particular chemical substances for use in the body


A process by which substances are produced and discharged from a cell, gland, or organ for a particular function in the organism or for excretion

Endocrine Gland

These have NO DUCTS (tubes) for secretion of the material - uses diffusion to allow materials out. Thyroid gland is an example.

Exocrine Gland

Has ducts for exits - sweat gland are an example

Connective Tissue

Tissue that connect different tissues or hold organs together, there are many different types if tissue. EX: Muscle, blood, adipose, areolar, tendon, ligament, cartilage, blood

Collagen Fibers

Small fibers that help connect thing often found inside the blood

Elastic Fibers

Helps hold muscles together. Produced by fibroblasts and sooth muscle cells

Reticular Fibers

Any of the thin branching fibers of connective tissue


Bone cells sitting in a cavity surrounded by layers of very hard matrix that contains calcium salts in addition to larger numbers of collagen fibers

Hyaline Cartilage

A type of connective tissue composed of specialized cells in a translucent, pearly blue matrix

Fibrous Cartilage

A tough, elastic connective tissue found in the joints, outer ear, nose, larynx, and other parts of the body

Elastic Cartilage

A yellowish flexible cartilage in which the matrix is infiltrated by a network of elastic fibers; it occurs primarily in the external ear, eustachian tube, and some cartilages of the larynx and epiglottis


Attach skeletal muscles to bones


Connects bones to bones at joints

Areolar Tissue

A soft, pliable tissue that cushions and protects the body organs it wraps

Adipose Tissue

Make up adipose (fat) tissue


Blood is a connective tissues. While it may not seem that blood is a connective tissue - because it is a liquid - but when blood is exposed to air, connective fibers become solid to help

Muscle Tissue

Skeletal, Cardiac and Smooth

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