connective tissue

noun

Definition of connective tissue

: a tissue of mesodermal origin that consists of various cells (such as fibroblasts and macrophages) and interlacing protein fibers (as of collagen) embedded in a chiefly carbohydrate ground substance, that supports, ensheathes, and binds together other tissues, and that includes loose and dense forms (such as adipose tissue, tendons, ligaments, and aponeuroses) and specialized forms (such as cartilage and bone)

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Since Bryce is no longer at Liberty, it’s Ani who is the connective tissue between him and those still at the high school. Kaitlin Reilly, refinery29.com, "R29 Binge Club: 13 Reasons Why Season 3 Recap," 24 Aug. 2019 Pelvic floor disorders crop up when muscles or connective tissues of your pelvic area weaken or are injured, according to the National Institutes of Health. Cassie Shortsleeve, SELF, "What to Know About Pregnancy, Childbirth, and Your Pelvic Floor," 10 May 2019 Prior to the internet, the only connective tissue was a subscription to De Smet homesite’s newsletter called Laura Lore. Elena Nicolaou, refinery29.com, "Little House, Big Fans: These People Really, Really Love Laura Ingalls Wilder," 24 Aug. 2019 This connective tissue changes during cooking and adds texture – and gristle – to meat. Natalie R. Rubio, The Conversation, "So far cultured meat has been burgers – the next big challenge is animal-free steaks," 5 July 2019 And the connective tissue between all of it, Hal insisted, was luck. Brandon Uranowitz, Town & Country, "Legendary Broadway Director Hal Prince Remembered For His "Immovable Reverence for Talent"," 5 Aug. 2019 Each bite is a matrix of muscle and fat cells, interlaced with blood vessels and enrobed by connective tissue. Natalie R. Rubio, The Conversation, "So far cultured meat has been burgers – the next big challenge is animal-free steaks," 5 July 2019 The treatment, Edsivo, aims to treat vascular Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, or vEDS, which is the most severe type of a hereditary disorder of the connective tissue. STAT, "Pharmalittle: Judge appears to back push for opioid settlement; the CRISPR patent fight lives on," 26 June 2019 After verifying Vibrio, his doctors removed portions of deep connective tissue. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Flesh-eating bacteria in New Jersey reveal one possible effect of climate change, study says," 17 June 2019

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1846, in the meaning defined above

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connective tissue

noun

English Language Learners Definition of connective tissue

medical : the parts of the body (such as ligaments, tendons, and cartilage) that support and hold together the other parts of the body (such as muscles, organs, and bones)

connective tissue

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con·​nec·​tive tissue | \ kə-ˌnek-tiv- How to pronounce connective tissue (audio) \

Medical Definition of connective tissue

: a tissue of mesodermal origin that consists of various cells (as fibroblasts and macrophages) and interlacing protein fibers (as of collagen) embedded in a chiefly carbohydrate ground substance, that supports, ensheathes, and binds together other tissues, and that includes loose and dense forms (as adipose tissue, tendons, ligaments, and aponeuroses) and specialized forms (as cartilage and bone)

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