elastic fiber


Definition of elastic fiber

: a thick very elastic smooth yellowish anastomosing fiber of connective tissue that contains elastin

Examples of elastic fiber in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2007, Santa Anita installed a mixture of silica sand, synthetic fibers, elastic fiber and granulated rubber with a wax coating after the California Horse Racing Board mandated the change for all of the state’s tracks. Beth Harris, baltimoresun.com, "Horse racing’s tragic, wild ride culminates at Breeders’ Cup," 31 Oct. 2019 At the same time, collagen production drops off and elastic fibers begin to stiffen, laying the groundwork for wrinkles and sagging. Jolene Edgar, Allure, "The Truth About Growth Factors in Skin Care and Why They're Controversial," 2 Aug. 2018 Stretch marks are simply lines on skin that develop when skin stretches — whether because of a growth spurt, weight gain, or pregnancy — and elastic fibers under the skin weaken or break. Jody Rogac, Allure, "6 Women Show Off Their Stretch Marks in Striking Portraits," 17 Jan. 2018 There are two layers of elastic fibers lining the inner and outer surfaces of the thick muscular wall of the artery. Lisa Sanders, M.d., New York Times, "Was This Headache Just a Migraine, or Something Worse?," 13 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of elastic fiber

1849, in the meaning defined above

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“Elastic fiber.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/elastic%20fiber. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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Medical Definition of elastic fiber

: a thick very elastic smooth yellowish anastomosing fiber of connective tissue that contains elastin

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