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ground substance

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noun Biology.
  1. Also called matrix. the homogeneous substance in which the fibers and cells of connective tissue are embedded.
  2. Also called hyaloplasm. the clear portion of the cell cytoplasm; cytosol.
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Origin of ground substance

First recorded in 1880–85
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Examples from the Web for ground substance

Historical Examples

  • All these tissues consist of a ground-substance, or matrix, cells, and fibers.

    A Practical Physiology

    Albert F. Blaisdell

  • The ground-substance is in small amount in connective tissues proper, and is obscured by a mass of fibers.

    A Practical Physiology

    Albert F. Blaisdell


ground substance in Medicine

ground substance

n.
  1. The amorphous intercellular material in which the cells and fibers of connective tissue are embedded, composed of proteoglycans, plasma constituents, metabolites, water, and ions present between cells and fibers.matrix
  2. hyaloplasm

ground substance in Science

ground substance