NLM Logo

Epithelial Cells MeSH Descriptor Data 2024

MeSH Heading
Epithelial Cells
Tree Number(s)
Unique ID
RDF Unique Identifier
coordinate with specific tissue type if pertinent; do not confuse with EPITHELIOID CELLS (type of macrophage)
Scope Note
Cells that line the inner and outer surfaces of the body by forming cellular layers (EPITHELIUM) or masses. Epithelial cells lining the SKIN; the MOUTH; the NOSE; and the ANAL CANAL derive from ectoderm; those lining the RESPIRATORY SYSTEM and the DIGESTIVE SYSTEM derive from endoderm; others (CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM and LYMPHATIC SYSTEM) derive from mesoderm. Epithelial cells can be classified mainly by cell shape and function into squamous, glandular and transitional epithelial cells.
Entry Term(s)
Adenomatous Epithelial Cells
Columnar Glandular Epithelial Cells
Cuboidal Glandular Epithelial Cells
Glandular Epithelial Cells
Squamous Cells
Squamous Epithelial Cells
Transitional Epithelial Cells
NLM Classification #
QS 532.5.E7
Previous Indexing
Epithelial Cells (1966-1977)
Epithelium/cytology (1978-1997)
Public MeSH Note
1998, 1972-1977
History Note
Date Established
Date of Entry
Revision Date
Epithelial Cells Preferred
Squamous Epithelial Cells Narrower
Glandular Epithelial Cells Narrower
Transitional Epithelial Cells Narrower
page delivered in 0.146s