Cell Shapes

Squamous

thin, flat, scaly shape, often with a bulge where nucleus is. squamous cells line the esophagus and form the epidermis layer of skin.

Cuboidal

squarish-looking in frontal tissue sections; liver cells

columnar

distinctly taller than wide, such as the inner lining cells of the stomach and intestines

polygonal

having irregularly angular shapes with four, five, or more sides.

stellate

having multiple pointed processes projecting from the body of a cell, giving it a somewhat starlike shape. the cell bodies of many nerve cells are stellate.

spheroid

round to oval; egg cells, WHITE blood cells

discoid

disc shaped as in RED blood cells

Fusiform

spindle-shaped; elongated, with a think middle and tapered ends, as in smooth muscle cells.

Fibrous

long, slender, and threadlike, as in skeletal muscle cells and the axons (nerve fibers) of nerve cells.