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Enterocyte

Definition(s)

Absorptive cells in the lining of the intestinal mucosa. They are differentiated epithelial cells with apical microvilli facing the intestinal lumen. Enterocytes are more abundant in the small intestine than in the large intestine. Their microvilli greatly increase the luminal surface area of the cell by 14- to 40 fold.

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Published: July 21, 2014