Human Anatomy & Physiology (9th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0321743261
ISBN 13: 978-0-32174-326-8

Chapter 5 - The Integumentary System - Review Questions - Page 170: 13


Spinous cells are often called prickle cells. The cells making up the layer of stratum spinosum contain keratohyaline and lamellar granules.

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Spinous cells are identified by its numerous points of intercellular connections, which gives its "prickly" shape. Within stratum spinosum, the keratohyaline is used to bind keratin filaments together to provide strength for the epidermal layer, while the lamellar granules provide a lipid-based lubrication for the epidermal layer.
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