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Schwann cell
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neuroglial cell that produces myelin in the peripheral nervous system

secondary union
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wound healing facilitated by wound contraction

serous gland
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group of cells within the serous membrane that secrete a lubricating substance onto the surface

serous membrane
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type of tissue membrane that lines body cavities and lubricates them with serous fluid

simple columnar epithelium
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tissue that consists of a single layer of column-like cells; promotes secretion and absorption in tissues and organs

simple cuboidal epithelium
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tissue that consists of a single layer of cube-shaped cells; promotes secretion and absorption in ducts and tubules

simple squamous epithelium
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tissue that consists of a single layer of flat scale-like cells; promotes diffusion and filtration across surface

skeletal muscle
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usually attached to bone, under voluntary control, each cell is a fiber that is multinucleated and striated

smooth muscle
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under involuntary control, moves internal organs, cells contain a single nucleus, are spindle-shaped, and do not appear striated; each cell is a fiber

stratified columnar epithelium
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that consists of two or more layers of column-like cells, contains glands and is found in some ducts

stratified cuboidal epithelium
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tissue that consists of two or more layers of cube-shaped cells, found in some ducts

stratified squamous epithelium
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tissue that consists of multiple layers of cells with the most apical being flat scalelike cells; protects surfaces from abrasion

striation
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alignment of parallel actin and myosin filaments which form a banded pattern

supportive connective tissue
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type of connective tissue that provides strength to the body and protects soft tissue

synovial membrane
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connective tissue membrane that lines the cavities of freely movable joints, producing synovial fluid for lubrication

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