Is the epidermis made up of simple squamous epithelium?

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Jan 26, 2016

The epidermis consists of keratinized stratified squamous epithelium.


Our skin has two layers : epidermis and dermis. Epidermis is an epithelial layer and dermis is a layer of connective tissue.

The epidermis is made up of keratinized stratified epithelium. It has five different layers of keratin producing epithelial cells (keratinocytes):

  1. stratum basale
  2. stratum spinosum
  3. stratum granulosum
  4. stratum lucidum
  5. stratum corneum.

The layers of cell in epidermis:

A picture of simple squamous epithelium. We can see only one layer of squamous cell over basement membrane, clearly different from epidermis :