connective tissue

noun
Updated on: 11 Nov 2017

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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First Known Use of connective tissue

1846


CONNECTIVE TISSUE Defined for English Language Learners

connective tissue

noun

Definition of connective tissue for English Language Learners

  • 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)


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connective tissue

noun con·nec·tive tissue \ kə-ˌnek-tiv- \

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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