Connective Tissue

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Loose Connective Tissue

  • mainly fibroblasts
  • fluid to gel-like matrix
  • collagenous fibers
  • elastic fibers
  • bind skin to structures
  • beneath most epithelia
  • between muscles
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Adipose Tissue

  • adipocytes
  • cushions
  • insulates
  • store fats
  • beneath skin
  • behind eyes
  • around kidneys and heart
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Dense Connective Tissue

  • packed collagenous fibers
  • elastic fibers
  • few fibroblasts
  • bind body parts together
  • tendons, ligaments, dermis
  • poor blood supply
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Bone

  • solid matrix
  • supports
  • protects
  • forms blood cells
  • attachment for muscles
  • skeleton
  • osteocytes in lacunae
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Elastic Connective Tissue

  • abundant in elastic fibers
  • some collagenous fibers
  • fibroblasts
  • attachments between vertebrae
  • walls of large arteries, airways, heart
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Hyaline Cartilage

  • most abundant
  • ends of bones
  • nose, respiratory passages
  • embryonic skeleton
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Elastic Cartilage

  • flexible
  • external ear, larynx
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Fibrocartilage

  • very tough
  • shock absorber
  • intervertebral discs
  • pads of knee and pelvic girdle
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Blood

  • fluid matrix called plasma
  • red blood cells (erythrocyte)
  • white blood cells (leukocyte)
  • platelets for clotting
  • transports
  • defends
  • throughout body in blood vessels