Lingual tonsils are aggregates of partially
encapsulated lymphoid nodules. These tonsils are
covered by a stratified squamous nonkeratinized
epithelium overlying a dense irregularly arranged connective tissue containing lymphoid nodules with
germinal centers. In places, the epithelium invaginates
to form tonsilar crypts.
Note that the epithelium above the lymphoid nodules
is nearly obscured by the high concentration of
Paraffin section, hematoxylin and eosin
Medium-power light microscopy
Image Source Credit:
V. Eroschenko, Ph.D.
Department of Biological Sciences
WAMI Medical Program
University of Idaho