Simple squamous epithelial cell

By seamus Malone

Main Function

Makes a very thin membrane that is good for the indiscriminate passage of molecules.
Also, makes a very smooth surface that is good for lining structures that require very little friction or drag

Major Organelles

A simple squamous epithelium is a single layer of flat cells. Main organelles are the cell membrane, Nuclei, and ribosomes.


Simple squamous epithelium is found in locations where rapid diffusion or filtration take place. In the kidney, simple squamous epithelium lines the Bowman’s capsule and the glomerulus . In this case, the ability of simple squamous epithelium to provide rapid filtration and diffusion is instrumental to the kidney's function, as the kidney filters about 180 liters of blood per day.