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noun Anatomy.
  1. a tissue, usually of mesoblastic origin, that connects, supports, or surrounds other tissues, organs, etc.

Origin of connective tissue

First recorded in 1880–85
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connective tissue

noun
  1. an animal tissue developed from the embryonic mesoderm that consists of collagen or elastic fibres, fibroblasts, fatty cells, etc, within a jelly-like matrix. It supports organs, fills the spaces between them, and forms tendons and ligaments
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connective tissue in Medicine

connective tissue

(kə-nĕktĭv)
n.
  1. The supporting or framework tissue of the body, arising chiefly from the embryonic mesoderm and including collagenous, elastic and reticular fibers, adipose tissue, cartilage, and bone.interstitial tissue
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connective tissue in Science

connective tissue

[kə-nĕktĭv]
  1. Tissue that connects, supports, binds, or encloses the structures of the body. Connective tissues are made up of cells embedded in an extracellular matrix and include bones, cartilage, mucous membranes, fat, and blood.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

connective tissue in Culture

connective tissue

Body tissue that serves to connect or support other tissues or parts. Cartilage, tendons, and bone are all kinds of connective tissue.

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