Adjective "epithelial" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Relating to or denoting the thin tissue forming the outer layer of a body's surface and lining the alimentary canal and other hollow structures.
  1. 'ovarian epithelial tumours'
  2. 'The professor recently led a study in which she compared the amounts of zinc taken up by the prostate's epithelial cells.'
  3. 'The hyperglycemia of diabetes mellitus, high cholesterol and high lipid levels, produce metabolites that thicken this epithelial lining of the blood vessels, narrowing their lumen and ultimately cutting off blood flow.'
  4. 'Vitamin A is especially important for cell growth and differentiation, especially in epithelial tissues of the gut, brain, and elsewhere.'
  5. 'When hair is produced by the reproduction of the epithelial cells comprising the follicle, newly produced melanin accumulates in the cells and colours the hair itself as it emerges from the follicle.'
  6. 'Cigarette smoke appears to potentiate the effects of asbestos, at least in part by enhancing the binding of fibers to epithelial surfaces.'


1. any animal tissue that covers a surface, or lines a cavity or the like, and that, in addition, performs any of various secretory, transporting, or regulatory functions.

More examples(as adjective)

"cells can be epithelial."

"surfaces can be epithelial."

"proliferations can be epithelial."

"tissues can be epithelial."

"membranes can be epithelial."

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