connective tissue

noun

: 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 Autoimmune conditions: Certain autoimmune disorders—such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), Crohn's disease, connective tissue disorders, systemic sclerosis, and scleroderma—can affect the structure and function of the esophagus and cause odynophagia. Lindsay Curtis, Health, 13 July 2024 What Samsung really had to pitch today was how its own Galaxy AI was the connective tissue between all of them. Kevin Purdy, Ars Technica, 10 July 2024 Arora added that the presence of carpal tunnel syndrome could signal a person’s risk of developing cardiac amyloidosis because amyloid deposits can affect both the wrist’s connective tissue and the heart. Alyssa Hui, Verywell Health, 9 July 2024 Those who had the honor to know Hopkins will remember him as a part of the connective tissue that made up the KC comedy community. J.m. Banks, Kansas City Star, 7 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for connective tissue 

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Word History

First Known Use

1846, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of connective tissue was in 1846

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“Connective tissue.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/connective%20tissue. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

connective tissue

noun
: a tissue (as bone, cartilage, or tendon) that forms a supporting framework for the body or its parts and has protein fibers between the cells composing it

Medical Definition

connective tissue

noun
con·​nec·​tive tissue kə-ˌnek-tiv- How to pronounce connective tissue (audio)
: 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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