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foveolar cell

Wednesday 1 May 2013

foveolar cells

Definition: Foveolar cells are mucus producing cells which cover the inside of the stomach, protecting it from the corrosive nature of gastric acid.

Foveolar cells are also known as "surface mucous cells" or "mucous neck cells", depending on the location. These cells line the gastric mucosa and gastric pits.

The mucous secreting cells of the stomach can be distinguished histologically from the intestinal goblet cells.

See also

- goblet cells