Chapter 3: Connective Tissue

Keywords

Please familiarize yourself with these keywords before you start reading the chapter:

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Adipose
A specialized cell type that functions to store energy in the form of lipid and provide insulation.
Collagen
The main type of protein that forms the non-cellular component of connective tissue
Elastic Cartilage
A type of flexible cartilage primarily located in the ear and nose. Elastic cartilage is very similar to hyaline cartilage.
Elastin
Type of connective tissue fiber that provides connective tissue with the ability to stretch.
Embryonic Connective Tissue
Type of tissue found in the developing embryo and in the umbilical cord
Fibroblasts
Elongated or spindle shaped with a scant amount of cytoplasm that are the primarily source of collagen precursor proteins.
Fibrocartilage
A type of cartilage that has a higher collagen content that gives it a tougher nature than hyaline cartilage.
Fibrous Connective Tissue
The primary type of connective tissue found in the body that is predominantly formed from collagen.
Hyaline Cartilage
The most common type of cartilage seen primarily on joint surfaces.
Reticulin
A subtype of collagen which are delicate and unorganized. Acts as a meshwork to hold the cells of an organ together.

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