An epithelium that is part of the mouth and lines the oral cavity, typically stratified squamous, and may be para-, ortho- or non- keratinized. Primary barrier between oral environment and deeper tissues [ https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6601-2165 ]
Synonyms: epithelium of oral mucosa epithelium of mucosa of mouth
- UMLS:C1709332 (ncithesaurus:Oral_Cavity_Epithelium)
the avian oral epithelium has the developmental capacity to initiate tooth developmental programs with underlying grafts of non-avian oral ectomesenchyme
consider including separate class for developmental structure (adult human is stratified; in EHDAA2 is unilaminar)
The epithelium that lines the oral cavity. The oral epithelium epithelial cells with many short microvilli as well as mucous cells, rodlet cells and taste buds[ZFIN:ZDB-PUB-060921-12, ZFIN:ZDB-PUB-091204-24].