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Anatomy Atlases: Atlas of Microscopic Anatomy: Section 1 - Cells Atlas of Microscopic Anatomy: Section 16 - Special Senses

Plate 16.300 Conjunctiva and Cornea

Ronald A. Bergman, Ph.D., Adel K. Afifi, M.D., Paul M. Heidger, Jr., Ph.D.
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 Plate 16.300 Conjunctiva and Cornea

Rhesus monkey, 10% formalin, H. & E., 162 x.


This plate includes part of the cornea (right) and the covering bulbar conjunctiva (left). The conjunctiva at this site is composed of the following elements.

Lamina propria: A loose, superficial fibroelastic connective tissue stroma, which becomes increasingly dense at deeper levels. Rich in blood vessels.

Stratified columnar epithelium: Eight to ten cells thick. Superficial layers near the cornea rich in goblet cells.

Corneal epithelium and stroma: See Plate 301.  

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