Crypts of Lieberkühn

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Crypts of Lieberkühn
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An intestinal gland from the human intestine.
Latin glandulae intestinales
Gray's subject #248 1174
Dorlands/Elsevier g_06/12392417

The crypts of Lieberkühn (or intestinal glands) are glands found in the epithelial lining of the small intestine and colon. Named after the 18th-century German anatomist Johann Nathanael Lieberkühn, the crypts secrete various enzymes, including sucrase and maltase. Loss of proliferation control in the crypts is thought to lead to colorectal cancer.


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