Distinguish, differentiate, compare and explain what is the difference between Simple and Compound epithelium.
Difference between Simple and Compound epithelium
1. Simple epithelium is composed of a single layer of cells. Compound epithelium is composed of two or more layers of cells.
2. All the cells rest on the basement membrane in simple epithelium. Only cells of the deepest layer rest on the basement membrane in Compound epithelium.
3. Simple epithelium functions as lining of body cavities, ducts and tubules and its main functions are secretion and absorption. Compound epithelium provides protection against mechanical and chemical stresses.