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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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 The company will establish an access program to allow some patients with soft-tissue sarcoma—a cancer that develops in connective tissue including muscle—to continue taking the drug with limited interruption after it’s withdrawn from the market. Peter Loftus, WSJ, "Eli Lilly to Pull Cancer Drug From Market After Failed Study," 25 Apr. 2019 Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is a connective tissue disorder that causes joint hypermobility and chronic pain. Paula Akpan, Teen Vogue, "7 People With Less Visible Disabilities Talk Misconceptions and Stigma," 17 Apr. 2019 After several weeks of conservative measures, Coley operated on her hand and found her bones encased by a sarcoma—a cancer of the connective tissue. Jerome Groopman, The New York Review of Books, "The Body Strikes Back," 21 Mar. 2019 Oozing blisters on his calf led doctors to remove connective tissue and then perform grafts. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Flesh-eating bacteria in New Jersey reveal one possible effect of climate change, study says," 17 June 2019 This is her skill: her easy patter about the connective tissue of life that links strangers. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, "The irresistible authenticity of Gayle King," 11 June 2019 The fibroblast cells — which hold connective tissue such as skin together — were first obtained from two pregnancies that women chose to end in the early 1960s. Marie Mccullough, https://www.inquirer.com, "After Trump administration’s restrictions on fetal tissue research, consider these important scientific advances," 5 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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