Connective tissue

Connective tissue refers to body tissue that joins other types of tissue together. Usually it has a fibrous or collagenous consistency. The term connective tissue is a broad, general term and there are many different types of connective tissue. Examples include cartilage and adipose tissue.

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Connective tissue is the material between the cells of the body that gives tissues form and strength. This “cellular glue” is also involved in delivering nutrients to the tissue, and in the special functioning of certain tissues. Connective tissue is made up of dozens of proteins, including collagens, proteoglycans, and glycoproteins. The combination of these proteins can vary between tissues.

Source: NIAMS (NIH)1

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What Is Connective Tissue?

Connective tissue supports many parts of your body. You can think of it as a type of “glue” between cells that:

  • Helps bring nutrients to the tissues
  • Gives tissues form and strength
  • Helps some tissues do their work.

Source: NIAMS (NIH)2

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Connective Tissue: Tissue that supports and binds other tissues. It consists of Connective Tissue Cells embedded in a large amount of Extracellular Matrix.3


Types may include:4

Types of Connective Tissue:

  • Alveolar Septum
  • Bone Tissue
  • Bronchus Connective Tissue
  • Cartilagenous Tissue
  • Connective Tissue Component of the Peripheral Nerve
  • Connective Tissue Proper
  • Extracellular Matrix
  • Eyelid Connective Tissue
  • Eyelid Subcutaneous Connective Tissue
  • Laryngeal Connective Tissue
  • Stroma Connective Tissue

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  1. Source: NIAMS (NIH): Health_Info/ Connective_Tissue/ default.asp
  2. Source: NIAMS (NIH): Health_Info/ Marfan_Syndrome/ marfan_syndrome_ff.asp
  3. Source: MeSH (U.S. National Library of Medicine)
  4. Source: NCI Thesaurus

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