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Stratum spinosum

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The cells that divide in the statum germinativum soon begin to accumulate many desmosomes on their outer surface which provide the characteristic “prickles” (seen on the close-up view) of the stratum spinosum (SS), which is often called the prickle-cell layer.

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Jason R. Swanson
Last Updated: November 15,1996
Created: January 19, 1996