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Stratified cuboidal epithelium

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Stratified cuboidal epithelium

Stratified cuboidal epithelium
Stratified cuboidal epithelium in the ducts of the parotid gland, visible as the borders of the two circular structures in the upper left.
Latin Epithelium stratificatum cuboideum
Code TH H2.
Anatomical terminology

Stratified cuboidal epithelium is a type of epithelial tissue composed of multiple layers of cube-shaped cells.

Only the most superficial layer is made up of cuboidal cells, and the other layers can be cells of other types. This is because, conventionally, naming of stratified epithelium is based on the type of cell in the most superficial layer.


They protect areas such as the ducts of sweat glands,[1] mammary glands, and salivary glands.


  1. ^ Eroschenko, Victor P. (2008). "Integumentary System". DiFiore's Atlas of Histology with Functional Correlations. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. pp. 212–234.  

External links

  • Overview at
  • Histology at KUMC epithel-epith17 "Sweat Duct" (Stratified cuboidal)
  • Histology image: 43_03 at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center - "Skin"
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