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Anatomy Atlases: Atlas of Microscopic Anatomy: Section 1 - Cells Atlas of Microscopic Anatomy: Section 13 - Female Reproductive System

Plate 13.247 Ovary: Cortex

Ronald A. Bergman, Ph.D., Adel K. Afifi, M.D., Paul M. Heidger, Jr., Ph.D.
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Plate 13.247 Ovary: Cortex

Monkey, glutaraldehyde, plastic section, H. & E., 68 x.


An overview of the ovarian cortex is shown. Note that the surface of the ovary is epithelium-lined ("germinal epithelium," simple squamous, detail not discernible at this magnification). The underlying discrete layer of connective tissue represents the tunica albuginea, which is devoid of follicles. Immediately deep to the tunica albuginea, numerous primordial follicles are present, as is a follicle that has begun to grow (primary follicle). The eosinophilic zona pellucida (arrow) is a prominent feature of such follicles. Other follicles that have begun to grow and mature, but that have regressed at various stages of growth, are indicated by asterisks, and are termed atretic follicles.

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