Definition of Connective tissue

1. Noun. Tissue of mesodermal origin consisting of e.g. collagen fibroblasts and fatty cells; supports organs and fills spaces between them and forms tendons and ligaments.

Definition of Connective tissue

1. Noun. (anatomy) A type of tissue found in animals whose main function is binding other tissue systems (such as muscle to skin) or organs and consists of the following three elements: cells, fibers and a ground substance (or extracellular matrix). ¹

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Medical Definition of Connective tissue

1. Rather general term for mesodermally derived tissue that may be more or less specialised. Cartilage and bone are specialised connective tissue, as is blood, but the term is probably better reserved for the less specialised tissue that is rich in extracellular matrix (collagen, proteoglycan etc.) and that surrounds other more highly ordered tissues and organs. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Connective Tissue

connecting stalk
connecting the dots
connecting tubule
connecting tubules
connective tissue (current term)
connective tissue activating peptide III
connective tissue cell
connective tissue cells
connective tissue disease
connective tissue group
connective tissues
connective tumour

Literary usage of Connective tissue

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1. Biological Bulletin by Marine Biological Laboratory (Woods Hole, Mass.) (1911)
"It is in this narrower sense that the term connective tissue is herein used. In considering the origin of connective tissue one has to take into account two ..."

2. Microscopical Morphology of the Animal Body in Health and Disease by Carl Heitzmann (1882)
"THE term connective tissue is applied to that tissue which constitutes the frame of ... The distinguishing feature of connective tissue is the interstitial ..."

3. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1893)
"By the term connective tissue we mean a number of tissues which possess this eature in common—viz. that thev serve the general purpose in the animal economy ..."

4. A Text Book of Physiology by Michael Foster (1893)
"On some features of connective tissue. The heart and blood vessels are, broadly speaking, made up partly of muscular tissue with its appropriate nervous ..."

5. The Journal of Experimental Medicine by Rockefeller University, Rockefeller Institute, Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research (1919)
"At the point of divergence this connective tissue in the case of the living tubercle bacillus undergoes degenerative changes; it is broken down. ..."

6. Physiological chemistry: A Text-book and Manual for Students by Albert Prescott Mathews (1916)
"connective tissue. The chemistry and metabolism of the supporting tissues of ... There are several kinds of connective tissue proper and we may distinguish ..."

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