|Bile capillaries of rabbit. shown by Golgi’s method. X 450.|
Bile canaliculus (plural:bile canaliculi; also called bile capillaries) is a thin tube that collects bile secreted by hepatocytes. The bile canaliculi merge and form bile ductules, which eventually become common hepatic duct.
Hepatocytes are polyhedral in shape, therefore having no set shape or design. They have surfaces facing the sinusoids, (called sinusoidal faces) and surfaces which contact other hepatocytes, (called lateral faces). Bile Canaliculi are formed by grooves on some of the lateral faces of these hepatocytes.
Microvilli are present in the canaliculi but are sparse.
Anatomy of torso, digestive system: Digestive glands
|Liver||by region: Left lobe (Caudate lobe, Quadrate lobe) • Right lobe • Transverse fissure of liver bile ducts: Bile canaliculus • Canals of Hering • Interlobular bile ducts • Intrahepatic bile ducts • Left and Right hepatic ducts • Common hepatic duct|
|Gallbladder||by region: Body • Fundus • Neck|
ducts: Cystic duct
|Pancreas||by region: Tail • Body • Head • Uncinate process Pancreatic duct • Accessory pancreatic duct|
|Common||Common bile duct • Hepatopancreatic ampulla • Sphincter of Oddi|
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