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Unformatted text preview: organs. Cartilage is a supportive connective tissue with a rubbery extracellular matrix. Chondroblasts produce the cartilage matrix; these cells mature into chondrocytes . One reason injured cartilage heals slowly is that is has few or no blood vessels so nutrients and wastes are only provided by diffusion through the surrounding tissues. The major types of cartilage are hyaline cartilage, which is smooth and glassy in appearance and fibrocartilage, which has an extensive network of parallel collagen fibers. Bone is a structural connective tissue that forms the major support framework of our body. Compact bone is solid in appearance and gives bones their strength. Spongy bone is more porous in appearance and decreases the weight of bones without sacrificing strength. The different types of bone and bone functions will be discussed in detail in a later lesson....
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