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Stratified cuboidal epithelium

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Structures and types of stratified epithelia.

Stratified cuboidal epithelium is typically composed of two to three layers of cells, with cuboidal cells forming the apical (surface) layer.

It is a relatively uncommon type of epithelium that is primarily found in the larger ducts of exocrine glands, including those of the pancreas, salivary glands, and sweat glands. Additionally, it lines the lactiferous sinuses and terminal ducts near the breast nipple, as well as certain sections of the male urethra.

Stratified cuboidal epithelium is not primarily involved in absorption or secretion but instead offers a more protective lining than that provided by simple epithelium. It also strengthens the walls of ducts it lines.

Terminology English: Stratified cuboidal epithelium

Epithelium stratificatum cuboideum
Definition Epithelium with two or more layers of cells and cuboidal cell at apical surface
Location Large ducts of exocrine glands - sweat, salivary, pancreas
Parts of the male urethra
Function Protection, excretion and secretion

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