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The gastroesophageal_junction is where the stratified squamous epithelium of the esophagus joins the simple columnar epithelium of the upper portion of the stomach. It is also called the cardioesophageal_junction. It represents the transition from the protective surface of the esophagus to the secretory structure of the stomach region. The term gastric refers to the stomach.

columnar epithelium stratified squamous epithelium