Lieberkühn crypt

Lieberkühn crypt

(le'ber-koon?, kün?)
[Johann Nathanael Lieberkühn, Ger. anatomist, 1711–1756]
Any of the simple tubular glands in the small intestine that open into the spaces between the villi. On the villi themselves the epithelium of these glands includes specialized cells: absorptive cells, goblet cells, Paneth cells, M cells, and neuroendocrine cells.
Synonym: intestinal gland; Lieberkühn's gland