The epithelium of the vaginal introitus in the rat
Article first published online: 27 JAN 2005
Copyright © 1971 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
The Anatomical Record
Volume 169, Issue 2, pages 201–208, February 1971
How to Cite
Gitlin, G. (1971), The epithelium of the vaginal introitus in the rat. Anat. Rec., 169: 201–208. doi: 10.1002/ar.1091690206
- Issue published online: 27 JAN 2005
- Article first published online: 27 JAN 2005
- Manuscript Accepted: 15 JUL 1970
- Manuscript Received: 11 JUN 1970
The epithelium in the region of the vaginal introitus in the rat (“introital epithelium”) was examined in sexually mature animals in different stages of the estrous cycle. It was found to be stratified squamous in type and invariably cornified, irrespective of the state of the vaginal epithelium above it. Thus, it failed to undergo the estrous cyclic changes seen in the rest of the vaginal epithelium. The introital epithelium extends for a distance of 1.5 to 5 mm above the vaginal orifice.