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 Both acts relied heavily on radio airplay, back then a vital connective tissue between hard rock bands and their audiences. Washington Post, 8 Oct. 2021 The bone tools from Morocco that Hallett discovered were shaped a bit like a spatula and would have been used to remove connective tissue. Katie Hunt, CNN, 16 Sep. 2021 But Facebook is also the connective tissue between nearly 3 billion people around the world. Washington Post, 22 Sep. 2021 The former is a condition where my digestive tract attacks itself (provoked or unprovoked is the question science is trying to answer currently), and the latter is the inflammation and degeneration of my connective tissue for no apparent reason. Marina Gomberg, The Salt Lake Tribune, 18 July 2021 Sarcomas are cancers of connective tissue and are much less common than carcinomas. Dr. Keith Roach, oregonlive, 29 May 2021 For Hispanic audiences specifically, music can connect them to their country of origin, be a way to teach younger generations about where their family comes from or simply act as connective tissue to bring people together. Isabel Rafferty, Forbes, 9 Sep. 2021 The ability to put together the connective tissue is what continues to drive innovation and advancement across the sector. Dan Gamota, Forbes, 25 June 2021 The song can be the connective tissue between those two universes. Chris Hachey, BGR, 18 Aug. 2021

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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 26 Oct. 2021.

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connective tissue

noun

English Language Learners Definition of connective tissue

: 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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