1st Bachelor in Medical Biology -

Histology, Cytology

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ECTS Credits3
Number of Hours (h/year)30
Teaching staffLENTZ, Gerda
Course UnitCompulsory
TermQuad. 1 and 2

Notions of biology and anatomy.

Aims and Objectives

To understand the anatomy, the physiology and the pathology. To understand the relationship between the structure and the functions of tissues (functional histology).


Epithelial tissues: covering epithelial membranes and glandular epithelia (exocrine glands and endocrine glands)

Connective tissues: general characteristics; cell types, fiber types, matrix; types of connective tissues (loose connective and adipose tissue, dense connective tissue, reticular connective tissue, cartilage, bone); development and growth of bone; basement membrane.

Nervous tissues: nerve cells; glial cells; structure of nerve and ganglion; white matter and grey matter.

Muscular tissues: smooth muscle; skeletal muscle (structure of a skeletal muscle, muscle fiber, myofibril, sarcomere, muscular contraction); cardiac muscle and conductive fibers.

Blood: formed elements of the blood (erythrocytes, leukocytes, thrombocytes).

The blood vascular system and lymphatic vessels: structure and properties of arteries, veins and capillaries.

Systems of junctions between cells

The skin: epidermis, dermis and subcutaneous tissue; sweet glands and sebaceous glands.

Salivary glands: histology and function.


CROSS et MERCER, Ultrastructure cellulaire et tissulaire. Approche fonctionnelle, Ed. De Boeck Université, last edition 

GARTNER L.P. et WATT J. L., Atlas d'histologie, Ed. De Boeck Université, last edition 

KOHNEL W., Atlas de poche d'histologie, Flammarion Médecine-Sciences, Paris, last edition 

STEVENS A. et LOWE J., Histologie humaine, Ed. De Boeck Université, last edition 

WEATHER, YOUNG, HEATH, Histologie fonctionnelle, 4e éd., Ed. De Boeck Université, last edition 

Teaching and Learning MethodsLectures
Assessment MethodsWritten examinations

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