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 further classified into:
- Loose connective tissue – which includes the areolar, adipose, and reticular tissues
- Dense connective tissue – which includes the regular, irregular, and elastic tissues
- Cartilage tissues – which includes the hyaline, fibrocartilage and elastic tissues
- Other connective tissues – such as bone, blood, and lymphatics