Development of the Lacrimal Apparatus in the Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) and Its Potential Role as an Animal Model for Humans
Route of nasolacrimal duct (NLD) in the 21-day rabbit fetus. (a) Lateral view of the 3D reconstruction of the NLD, from the orbit (O) to the naris (N). Nonbony nasal refers to the section of the NL canal that is not enveloped by the maxilla. Abbreviations: I = inferior, S = superior. (b) Light micrograph of transverse section indicated by horizontal line indicated in (a). The plane is perpendicular to that viewed in (a) (orientation: anterior is right, posterior is left, medial is top, and lateral is bottom). Abbreviations: M = maxilla, PM = premaxilla, and VNO = vomeronasal organ. Scale bar = 350 μm. Stained with Hematoxylin and Eosin.
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