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 epidural space, which is the outermost part of the spinal canal, contains spinal nerve roots and loose connective tissue. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Paralyzed Man Walks Again With Surgical Implant," 25 Sep. 2018 Your doctor will then make incisions layer by layer through your fatty and connective tissue to separate your abdominal muscle to access your abdominal cavity. Korin Miller, SELF, "Here’s What An Emergency C-Section Actually Is," 9 Aug. 2018 This classic tool is like a ‘dough roller’ for your connective tissues. Lauren Schwartzberg, Slate Magazine, "The Best Foam Rollers," 2 Jan. 2018 By all means, foam roll that tight fascia (connective tissue that attaches your muscles to tendons and bones) to promote blood flow and flexibility of the soft tissue in your tight thighs and calves. SELF, "7 Smart Things You Can Do to Proactively Prevent Running Injuries," 26 Sep. 2018 FIBROBLASTS Plentiful in connective tissue throughout the body, including the dermis, these cells produce the collagen and elastin responsible for keeping skin pliant and springy. Allure, "The Skin-Care Glossary: A Comprehensive Guide to Everything You Need to Know," 17 Aug. 2018 The connective tissue, fat, and sinew holding the muscles together require longer, slower cooking to melt into gelatin, yielding tender meat—and flavorful cooking liquid. Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "The Two Ways To Cook Meat Perfectly Every Time," 18 Aug. 2017 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

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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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