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Anatomy Atlases: Atlas of Microscopic Anatomy: Section 1 - Cells Atlas of Microscopic Anatomy: Section 10 - Digestive System

Plate 10.210 Parotid Gland

Ronald A. Bergman, Ph.D., Adel K. Afifi, M.D., Paul M. Heidger, Jr., Ph.D.
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 Plate 10.210 Parotid Gland

Human, 10% formalin, H. & E., 162 x.


Interlobular duct surrounded by blood vessels: Located in the septa separating lobules. Lining epithelium cuboidal to low columnar.

Intralobular duct: Located within the lobules. Lined by cuboidal epithelium.

Interlobular connective tissue: Septa that extend from the capsule separate lobes and lobules of the parotid gland. Carry ducts, nerves, blood, and lymph vessels.

Serous gland acini: The parotid gland of man is purely serous. Individual acini are lined by pyramidal cells with basal nuclei and a small, hardly visible lumen.

Striated duct: So-named because some segments of the intralobular duct show basal striations. These ducts are believed to be secretory in nature and contribute water and calcium salts to the gland secretions.

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