Tissues of the Esophagus. The esophagus conveys food from the pharynx to the stomach by means of peristaltic waves which begin as a result of the swallowing reflex. The inner wall of the esophagus is lined with stratified squamous epithelium. It shows up as large purple on your slide.
What type of tissue would line the surface of the esophagus?
The lining of the esophagus is stratified squamous epithelium. Epithelium lines body cavities and surfaces. Stratified squamous epithelium is "stratified" because it is more than one cell layer thick. "Squamous" refers to the fact that the surface cells of the layer are flat.
What type of muscle is found in the esophagus?
The muscular layer of the esophagus has two types of muscle. The upper third of the esophagus contains striated muscle, the lower third contains smooth muscle, and the middle third contains a mixture of both.