Smooth Muscle Histology

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This page describes smooth muscle histology. Development of smooth muscle, skeletal muscle and cardiac muscle can be found in other notes.

Smooth muscle is mesoderm in origin and contributes to many different tissues including the muscular wall of the gastrointestinal tract, respiratory tract, artery walls, bladder wall, uterus, seminiferous tubules and ductus deferens.

Gastrointestinal Tract Wall

The gastrointestinal tract consists of two thick outer muscle layers (longitudinal and circular) and a thin muscularis mucosa layer.

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Links: Colon Histology | Gastrointestinal Tract Development

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Smooth Muscle Histology: Labeled Colon low | Labeled Colon high | Colon x40 | Colon x40 | Ileum x10 | Oesophagus x10 | Seminiferous tubule x40 | Uterus myometrium x10 | Uterus myometrium x40 |


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