Loose connective tissue

Definition

noun

A type of connective tissue that holds organs and epithelia in place, and has a variety of proteinaceous fibers, including collagen and elastin. It also surrounds the blood vessels and nerves. The cells of this tissue are losely separated in the rich extracellular matrix.


Supplement

Loose connective tissue is named after its weave appearance. Three major types of fibers present are collagen fibers, elastic fibers, and reticuar fibers. It includes mucous connective tissue, reticular connective tissue and adipose tissue.


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