Laszlo Vass, Ed.D. Version 42-0013-00-01
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Exercise 1: Epithelial Tissue
Data Table 1: Epithelial Tissue Observations
Single layer flat large circular skin cells.
Thicker cube like still in single layer appear much smaller.
Simple Columnar (stomach)
Simple Columnar (duodenum)
Stratified Squamous (keratinized)
Cells are small and appear flat and stack on top of the others.
Stratified Squamous (non-keratinized)
Not as flat and nuclei are visible in the stacks.
Pseudostratified Ciliated Columnar
The way the columnar cells fit together make them appear stacked. Cilia is visible at the surface.
Appears columnar and stacked on top of each other.
Stratified Cuboidal (online)
Online picture has larger cube shaped cells.
Stratified Columnar (online)
Stacked and column like in appearance.
A. Why is the study of histology important in the overall understanding of anatomy and physiology?
B. How are epithelial tissues named?
C. Why are some epithelial tissues stratified?
D. Unlike squamous cells, cuboidal and columnar cells have large, open cytoplasm. Which functions of epithelial tissue are supported by having such big cells?
E. Look at the following drawings and identify each type of epithelial tissue:
Exercise 2: Connective Tissue
Data Table 2: Connective Tissue
Amount and Shape of
Are there fibers? If so,
are they parallel or
Dense Irregular (online)
Dense Regular: Tendon
A. What is the primary function of connective tissue?
B. What can the shape of the cells in a particular type of tissue tell about the function of that tissue?
C. What is matrix? Why do some tissues have more matrix than others?
D. What do collagen fibers provide?
E. Tendons, ligaments and cartilage have limited blood supply. Explain how this might affect the ability of these tissues to heal after an injury.
Exercise 3: Muscle Tissue
Data Table 3: Muscle Tissue
Shape and Arrangement of Cells
Str ia tions
A. What kind of muscle would you find in the stomach?
B. How is smooth muscle structure different from that of skeletal and cardiac muscle? C. Why is skeletal muscle voluntary?
D. What is unique about cardiac muscle?
Exercise 4: Nervous Tissue
Make a sketch of the neuron as seen in your microscope slide and label the following: Cell body, nucleus, cell processes and neuroglia.
A. What is the function of nervous tissue?
B. Why are the cell bodies of neurons elongated into cell processes?
C. If all nerves respond to stimuli, why cannot eyes “hear” sound and ears “see” light?
D. How is a nerve different from a neuron?
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