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Crypts of Lieberkühn

-ˈlē-bər-ˌk(y)ün, -ˌku̅e̅n

Noun

1. A gland found in the epithelial lining of the small intestine and colon. The crypts and intestinal villi are covered by epithelium which contains two types of cells, goblet cells (secreting mucus) and enterocytes (absorbing water and electrolytes). (wikipedia.org)

2. Any of the tubular glands of the intestinal mucous membrane. (merriam-webster.com)

Syn: Intestinal gland or intestinal crypt, gland of Lieberkühn, Lieberkühn’s gland

Word origin: Named after the 18th-century German anatomist Johann Nathanael Lieberkühn.

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