Types of Fibrous Connective Tissue

Types of Fibrous Connective Tissue - organs. Cartilage is a...

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Types of Fibrous Connective Tissue Generally, connective tissue is named for its appearance or function. Loose connective tissue contains a gel-like ground substance between the cells. The loosest of the loose would be blood, which is actually a fluid. Blood is composed of white blood cells , red blood cells , and platelets and float in a fluid called plasma . Dense connective tissue has lots of protein fibers that fill in the spaces between cells. These fibers can either be regular or irregular in orientation. Irregular Regular Adipocytes are large cells that store triglycerides. These cells are so full of triglycerides that the nucleus is pushed out to the edge of the cell. Adipose tissue forms the subcutaneous fat beneath skin and surrounds some internal organs. Adipose serves as a storage site for energy (fats), functions in thermoregulation by retaining heat and cushions some internal
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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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