What is the structure of transitional epithelium?
The structure of transitional epithelium is that it has several layers of epithelial cells that can contract and stretch. It is has a cube-like shape when not stretched and appears flat when stretched.
Transitional epithelium contains cells that are flattened and cells that are cuboidal; hence the name "transitional". Stratified squamous is different from transitional epithelium since the shape of the individual cell is more hexagonal and contains flattened cells. Transitional epithelium have the capacity to stretch and flatten.
That transitional epithelium of the urinary tract stretches to allow filling of bladder and ureters. The Junctions involved are tight Junctions that form a virtually impermeable barrier to fluid. The transitional epithelium has the ability to slide over one another, which decreases the thickness of the mucosa layer as the bladder fills.
Transitional epithelium is also called as urothelium. It lines the ureters urinary bladder and part of the urethra. It is made up of many layers of epithelial cells that are flattened and cuboidal which have the ability to contract and expand. It stretches readily and permits distension of the bladder.
Pseudostratified. The bladder is the only organ with that type of tissue. The answer above is wrong! the urinary bladder is composed of transitional epithelium with an underlying connective tissue. the transitional epithelium allows the bladder t expand in order to fill it with urine and relax when urine is released.