Squamous cell

Squamous epithelial cell
Squamous epithelium is one of several types of epithelia.

In anatomy, squamous epithelium (from Latin squama, "scale") is an epithelium characterised by its most superficial layer consisting of flat, scale-like cells called squamous epithelial cells. Epithelium may be composed of one layer of these cells, in which case it is referred to as simple squamous epithelium, or it may possess multiple layers, referred to then as stratified squamous epithelium. Both types perform differing functions, ranging from nutrient exchange to protection.

Cancers of the squamous epithelium include squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, and other adnexal tumors.

Squamous epithelial cells have a polygonal appearance when viewed from above.[1]

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  • Diagrams of simple squamous epithelium
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  • epithel-epith15 Stratified squamous epithelium of the skin (thick skin)
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