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basement membrane

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The thin delicate membrane that lies at the base of an epithelium. It is composed of mucopolysaccharide and fibres of protein.

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basolateral plasma membrane

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The plasma membrane of epithelial cells that is adjacent to the basal lamina or to the surrounding cells. It is isolated from the apical plasma membrane by tight junctions which prevent...

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extracellular matrix

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A mesh of insoluble proteins and carbohydrates that is produced by cells and fills most of the space between cells, like mortar in a wall.

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lamina

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n. ( pl. laminae)1. a thin membrane or layer of tissue. 2. the section of the posterior arch of a vertebra located between the central spinous process and the...

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laminin

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A fibrous glycoprotein forming a major component of basement membranes and serving as an adhesive surface for epithelial cells. Mutations in laminin genes cause hereditary blistering...

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membrane

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n. 1. a thin layer of tissue surrounding the whole or part of an organ or tissue lining a cavity, or separating adjacent structures or cavities. See also basement...

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podocyte

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n. an epithelial cell in the glomerulus that spreads over the capillary basement membrane and has branching tentacle-like processes that interdigitate with adjacent cells. The...

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reticular lamina

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The layer of fibrillar extracellular matrix immediately below the basal lamina of epithelial cells. The reticular lamina contains collagen and elastin and is secreted by connective tissue...

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stratified epithelium

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Epithelium that is made up of a number of layers of cells and is present in areas of the body that are subject to wear and tear. Stratified epithelium containing keratin forms the outer...

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