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 +(1) Relating to the endothelium,​ the layer of flat [[cell]]s lining the closed spaces of the body such as the inside of [[blood vessels]], [[lymphatic vessels]], the [[heart]], and body cavities. ​
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 +By contrast, the outside layer of cells that covers all the free, open surfaces of the body including the [[skin]] and [[mucous membranes]] that communicate with the outside of the body is called the [[epithelium]]. ​
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 +The word "​endothelium"​ is derived from the Greek "​endon,"​ within + G. "​thele,"​ nipple, so it literally means within the nipple.
  
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