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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My diagnosis of Marfan syndrome, a connective tissue disorder, meant high-intensity and contact sports were off the table for me—which felt like more of a relief than a deprival at the time. Wellesley Boboc, SELF, "7 Easy Things That Have Helped Me Stop Hate Running and Actually Kind of Enjoy It," 15 Nov. 2018 Your body uses amino acids to build muscle, bone, cartilage, skin, hair, connective tissue, and a lot else. Markham Heid, Good Housekeeping, "5 Things You Need to Know Before Taking a Collagen Supplement," 12 July 2018 This condition results from a thickening and tightening of connective tissue in the palm of the hand. Joe Graedonteresa Graedon, The Seattle Times, "Food go down the wrong tube? Try sipping cola," 28 Nov. 2018 At the Cleveland Clinic, doctors ruled out Marfan syndrome, a genetic condition of the connective tissue that can lead to life-threatening heart trouble. Zach Schonbrun, New York Times, "A Teenager’s Basketball Dream Is Size XXXXXL," 26 Jan. 2018 Additionally, weakening connective tissue can cause skin sagging, or bags, which impart a heavy, sleepy look. 8. Jenn Sinrich, SELF, "8 Reasons Your Eyes Look Tired That Have Nothing to Do With Sleep—and What You Can Do," 11 Sep. 2018 This is a gigantic fable of genuine truths held together by a connective tissue of tender exchange between fictional friends, lovers, parents and children. Barbara Kingsolver, New York Times, "The Heroes of This Novel Are Centuries Old and 300 Feet Tall," 9 Apr. 2018 Collagen Animal Collagen: The Silent Force Pro: Collagen is the most abundant protein in the body and is a major building block of connective tissue, joints, and bones. Emily Abbate, GQ, "Protein Powder Supplements, Explained: Your Complete Guide to the Smoothie Bar Menu," 5 Mar. 2018 The clue shows up in connective tissue, or collagen, examined during a recent study involving bones from 175 Neolithic and Bronze Age people who lived in China. Angus Chen, Scientific American, "Origins of Male Domination May Lie in Food," 1 May 2017

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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

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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