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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In 2014 a study showed that for mice, novel experiences prompt almost immediate changes in white matter—the brain’s connective tissue, or highway system. Susan Pinker, WSJ, "New Skills Build New Brain Architecture, Research Shows," 14 June 2018 Your body uses amino acids to build muscle, bone, cartilage, skin, hair, connective tissue, and a lot else. Markham Heid, Good Housekeeping, "6 Things You Need To Know Before Taking A Collagen Supplement," 19 May 2017 Eavesdropping on impulses coursing through the 80,000 to 100,000 fibers in the vagus nerve is challenging, however, partly because the nerve is insulated by a sheath of connective tissue. Tim Hornyak, Scientific American, "Could Future Nerve Implants Detect and Monitor Illness?," 10 May 2018 For a long time, doctors thought the layers of cells under the skin and lining some organs were just dense collections of connective tissue. Scott Berson, charlotteobserver, "Scientists discovered a new ‘organ’ in the body. It may explain how cancer spreads | Charlotte Observer," 27 Mar. 2018 The reorganization will help our department better reflect the realities of how movies are released today, and build the connective tissue needed internally and externally to be effective and efficient. Pamela Mcclintock, The Hollywood Reporter, "Sony Pictures Issues Layoffs as Part of Marketing Reorganization," 11 July 2018 The same is true for burger grind—in order for a shop, especially a whole animal shop, to function, the tougher cuts with more connective tissue that don’t fare well as a steak have to fulfill their destiny as burger meat. Cara Nicoletti, GQ, "Why You Shouldn't Bother with Fancy Burger Mixes," 3 July 2018 When the same tissue is examined outside the body, the fluid is drained, making these spaces collapse — which results in slides that show what looks like connective tissue only. Katie Heaney, The Cut, "Do We Finally Understand How Acupuncture Works?," 30 Mar. 2018 Someone has to be the boss, providing both vision and connective tissue for the work of fellow artists. A. O. Scott, New York Times, "The Return of the Artistic Company," 18 Feb. 2018

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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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