Outer enamel epithelium

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Outer enamel epithelium
The cervical loop area: (1) dental follicle cells, (2) dental mesenchyme, (3) Odontoblasts, (4) Dentin, (5) stellate reticulum, (6) outer enamel epithelium, (7)inner enamel epithelium, (8) ameloblasts, (9) enamel.
Latin epithelium enameleum externum
TE E5.
Anatomical terminology
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The outer enamel epithelium, also known as the external enamel epithelium, is a layer of cuboidal cells located on the periphery of the enamel organ in a developing tooth. This layer is first seen during the bell stage.

The rim of the enamel organ where the outer and inner enamel epithelium join is called the cervical loop.


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