Connective tissue

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noun, plural: connective tissues

The animal tissue that chiefly originates from the embryonic mesoderm, and characterized by the abundance of extracellular components (such as fibers and intercellular substances). It connects, supports, or surrounds other tissues and organs.


Connective tissues are one of the four major types of animal tissues, the others being epithelial tissues, muscular tissues, and nervous tissues.

Connective tissues are further classified into:

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