- 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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The muscular and connective-tissue wall of the alimentary tract.The Works of Francis Maitland Balfour, Volume III (of 4)
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These new cells excite proliferation of the cells of the connective-tissue stroma and of the epithelium.
In these changes the connective-tissue beneath participates.
Many round cells may be seen in these areas lying between the connective-tissue strands or around the blood-vessels.
They tend to follow the connective-tissue strata, and in the muscles are usually limited by the muscle sheaths.
- 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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- 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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- 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.
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