One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Geology. Of or exhibiting pseudostratification.
2Histology. Of epithelium: composed of a single layer of columnar cells all of which are in contact with the basement membrane but whose nuclei are at varying distances from it, giving the appearance of several layers of cells.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society of London. From pseudo- + stratified, in sense 1 after pseudostratification.
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