squamous epithelium

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squamous epithelium

n.
Epithelium consisting of one or more cell layers, the most superficial of which is composed of flat, scalelike or platelike cells.
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SCC can develop in different regions of the skin as well as other sites lined by squamous epithelia e.
2) An important aspect of stratified squamous epithelia is that the cells undergo a terminal differentiation program that results in the formation of a mechanically resistant and toughened surface composed of cornified cells that are filled with keratin filaments and lack nuclei and cytoplasmic organelles.

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