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basement membrane
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<cell biology> Extracellular matrix characteristically found under epithelial cells.

There are two distinct layers: the basal lamina, immediately adjacent to the cells, is a product of the epithelial cells themselves and contains collagen type IV and the reticular lamina is produced by fibroblasts of the underlying connective tissue and contains fibrillar collagen.

(15 Nov 1997)

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