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)

Examples of connective tissue in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But there is something that always pulls me back to Iraq, a single strand of connective tissue that no amount of time or distance can seem to sever. New York Times, "They Came for My Father Nearly 30 Years Ago. It Still Haunts Me.," 6 Oct. 2020 So, under a microscope, connective tissue and the distinct interstitium look identical. Claire Maldarelli, Popular Science, "Scientists found a ‘new organ,’ but it might not be what you’re expecting," 2 Apr. 2018 The Fuel have intently focused on their synergy and the connective tissue binding their far-from-permanent roster. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "Dallas Fuel need a little luck to keep their season alive. But before that, they need to overcome ‘Decay’ and the Justice," 4 Sep. 2020 Occasionally, An American Pickle suffers from a sensation that pivotal scenes have been cut from the narrative; the way the men jump into a fairly vicious rivalry feels abrupt, as though a few moments of emotional connective tissue got excised. Kate Knibbs, Wired, "An American Pickle Might Have Been Fresher in the 2010s," 3 Aug. 2020 But there was something different about this particular connective tissue. Claire Maldarelli, Popular Science, "Scientists found a ‘new organ,’ but it might not be what you’re expecting," 2 Apr. 2018 Fascia is the thin, but tough and elastic connective tissue in the human body that wraps around virtually everything. Bob Mcmanaman, The Arizona Republic, "Kyler Murray plans to cut sack total in half, stay healthy though range of motion training," 13 Sep. 2020 Services include App Store, iCloud, Apple Music, Apple TV, and more, which means it’s the both the connective tissue between all Apple devices, and the content itself. Lauren Goode, Wired, "Apple’s Fall Hardware Event Will Be Different—Very Different," 12 Sep. 2020 And that's certainly the connective tissue of the show. Samantha Highfill, EW.com, "Away star Hilary Swank on what went into playing an astronaut and those zero-gravity scenes," 5 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of connective tissue

1846, in the meaning defined above

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“Connective tissue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/connective%20tissue. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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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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