© 1997

Intestinal Absorptive Surface in Mammals of Different Sizes


Part of the Advances in Anatomy Embryology and Cell Biology book series (ADVSANAT, volume 138)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VIII
  2. Robert L. Snipes
    Pages 1-9
  3. Robert L. Snipes
    Pages 11-38
  4. Robert L. Snipes
    Pages 39-50
  5. Robert L. Snipes
    Pages 51-78
  6. Robert L. Snipes
    Pages 79-80
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 81-90

About this book


This treatise combines a detailed methodology that is simple to follow and reconstruct, and can be universally used to determine the surface area or tubular organs, in this special case development for the intestines. It is especially appropriate for large intestine, but can be used for small intestine also. The great advantage is the applicability at the macroscopic and microscopic levels, measuring the entire intestine for determination of a ground or basal area, and using a large encompassing sampling technique to obtain a factor of surface enlargment due to such structural entitities as folds and plicae. A technique to determine the factor of increase due to microvilli is also introduced. Various factors that may influence the measurements are discussed. Application of the technique is presented within the concept of scaling. Numerous regression curves are presented to represent how intestinal surface area correlates with body weight. A unifying and correlating concept between morphology and morphometry is developed. Over 20 species are included.


absorptive surface intestine mammals morphology mouse tissue

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Anatomy and Cell BiologyJustus-Liebig-UniversityGiessenGermany

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Intestinal Absorptive Surface in Mammals of Different Sizes
  • Authors Robert L. Snipes
  • Series Title Advances in Anatomy Embryology and Cell Biology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1997
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-540-62986-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-60822-3
  • Series ISSN 0301-5556
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 90
  • Number of Illustrations 8 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Cell Biology
    Animal Physiology
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