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Connective Tissue A summary of the various kinds of connective  tissues is given in Figure 1 and Table 1. Figure 1. General characteristics of connective  tissues.
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Table 1. Kinds of Connective Tissue Tissue Type Cells Present Fibers Present Matrix Characteristics Loose connective tissue
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areolar fibroblasts, macrophages, adipocytes, mast cells, plasma cells collagen, elastic, reticular loosely arranged fibers in gelatinous ground substance adipose adipocytes reticular, collagen closely packed cells with a small amount of gelatinous ground substance; stores fat reticular reticular cells reticular loosely arranged fibers in gelatinous ground substance Dense connective tissue dense regular fibroblasts collagen parallel-arranged bundles of fibers with few cells and little ground substance; great tensile strength dense irregular fibroblasts collagen (some elastic) irregularly arranged bundles of fibers with few cells and little ground substance; high tensile strength Cartilage hyaline chondrocytes collagen (some elastic) limited ground substance; dense, gel matrix fibrocartilage chondrocytes collagen (some elastic) limited ground substance intermediate between hyaline cartilage and dense connective tissue elastic chondrocytes elastic limited ground substance; flexible but firm gel matrix Bone (osseous tissue) compact (dense) osteoblasts, osteocytes collagen rigid, calcified ground substance
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with osteons spongy(cancellous) osteoblasts, osteocytes collagen rigid, calcified ground substance (no osteons) Blood and lymph (vascular tissue) blood erythrocytes, leukocytes, platelets “fibers” are soluble proteins that form during clotting “matrix” is liquid blood plasma lymph leukocytes “fibers” are soluble proteins “matrix” is liquid lymph The following information identifies a few select  features of connective tissue.
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