Cheek Cell Characteristics


Cheek cells are epithelial cells that line the interior surface of our mouths. All epithelial cells share the same characteristics.

Physical Characteristics

  • The base layer of cells in an epithelial structure are not actually cells, but a sticky layer on which the cells anchor. The other surface of the epithelial cell touches the outside world (like skin) or an open space (like the mouth). Because of their high rate of division, epithelial cells are found tightly packed together.


  • Epithelial cells divide and reproduce quickly, allowing the structure to recover from injury at a much faster rate than other structures.

Where They Are Found

  • These cells cover things. The skin is made up of epithelial cells. So are the cheeks. Most of the organs inside the body are covered with a layer of epithelial cells.

Other Locations

  • Epithelial cells also line the tubes in the body, such as blood vessels, trachea, esophagus and other hollow organs, like the stomach.

Internal Characteristics

  • Epithelial cells do not have a blood supply, but they do have nerve endings.

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