Muscularis mucosae

Muscularis mucosae

Muscularis mucosae
Section of duodenum of cat. X 60. (Muscularis mucosae labeled at right, third from the top.)
Latin Lamina muscularis mucosae
Gray's subject #245 1144

The lamina muscularis mucosae (or muscularis mucosae) is the thin layer of smooth muscle found in most parts[where?] of the gastrointestinal tract, located outside the lamina propria mucosae and separating it from the submucosa.

In the gastrointestinal tract, the term mucosa or "mucous membrane" refers to the combination of epithelium, lamina propria, and (where it occurs) muscularis mucosae.[1] The etymology suggests this, since the Latin names translate to "the mucosa's own special layer" (lamina propria mucosae) and "muscular layer of the mucosa" (lamina muscularis mucosae).

The muscularis mucosae is composed of several thin layers of smooth muscle fibers oriented in different ways which keep the mucosal surface and underlying glands in a constant state of gentle agitation to expel contents of glandular crypts and enhance contact between epithelium and the contents of the lumen.


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  • aplab
  • eMedicine Dictionary
  • 14_08 - "Lung"
  • Physiology at MCG 6/6ch1/s6ch1_11
  • digestive/mammal/system1/system4 - "Mammal, whole system (LM, Low)"
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