Stratified squamous epithelium of the ectocervix. The stratified squamous epithelium and underlying fibrous connective tissue within the lower rectangle in Figure 22.21 is shown here at higher magnification. The more mature epithelial cells have a clear cytoplasm (arrowheads), a reflection of their high glycogen content. Also, note the connective tissue papillae protruding into the epithelium (arrows). The bulk of the cervix is made up of dense, fibrous connective tissue with relatively little smooth muscle. X120.
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