Sweat Gland in Skin
This image shows a portion of a sweat gland deep in skin, surrounded by fibrous connective tissue of the dermis above and adipose connective tissue of the hypodermis below.
Sweat glands typically appear as clusters of several round or oval profiles, as shown here. Each profile represents a section across the twisted tubule which comprises the gland.
The glandular tubule itself consists of cuboidal epithelium.
Cells comprising the duct, or conducting portion of the tubule, are usually stained more intensely than those comprising the secretory portion of the tubule. Point-and-click on the image above to identify individual profiles as duct or secretory portions of the sweat gland.
To view this gland in a larger context (low magnification) click here or on the thumbnail at right.
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Last updated: 24 July 2002 / dgk