esophageal gland


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esophageal gland

[ə¦säf·ə¦jē·əl ′gland]
(anatomy)
Any of the digestive glands within the submucosa of the esophagus; secretions are chiefly mucus and serve to lubricate the esophagus.
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Squamous mucosa and deep esophageal glands and ducts are unique to the esophagus and absent in the stomach.
At present, the best histologic markers of the mucosal EGJ are the distal ends of (1) squamous epithelium, (2) deep esophageal glands and ducts, and (3) multilayered epithelium.
Histologically, the mucosal EGJ should be defined as the most distal ends of squamous epithelium and deep esophageal glands and ducts.