This image shows a portion of the palate, separating the nasal cavity (above) from the oral cavity (below).
The nasal cavity is lined by ciliated pseudostratified columnar epithelium.
The epithelium of this specimen is not especially well fixed. For a better specimen of respiratory epithelium, see trachea.
The oral cavity is lined by stratified squamous epithelium, which is mostly non-keratinized.
The connective tissue of the hard palate is supported by bone. Salivary glands are found in connective tissues around the oral cavity.
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Last updated: 25 July 2003 / dgk