Plate 16.310 Lacrimal Gland
Ronald A. Bergman, Ph.D., Adel K. Afifi, M.D., Paul M. Heidger,
Peer Review Status: Externally Peer Reviewed
Human, 10% formalin, H. & E., 126 x.
The lacrimal gland is composed of a number of compound tubuloalveolar serous glands. The serous acini are made up of tall cells with basal nuclei. The secretory product fills the apical cytoplasm. The acini are separated by a thin connective tissue stroma. The aqueous secretion (tears), after flushing the conjunctivalcorneal surfaces, drains into ducts that carry it, via the nasolacrimal duct, to the anterior portion of the inferior meatus of the nose.
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