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Lieberkühn crypt

(lē′bĕr-koon″, kün″)

[Johann Nathanael Lieberkühn, Ger. anatomist, 1711-1756]
Any of the simple tubular glands in the small intestine that open into the spaces between the villi. On the villi themselves the epithelium of these glands includes specialized cells: absorptive cells, goblet cells, Paneth cells, M cells, and neuroendocrine cells.
SYN: SEE: intestinal gland; SEE: Lieberkühn's gland

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