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Fibroblast

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Definition

noun, plural: fibroblasts

Cell of connective tissue that produces and secretes fibers (e.g. collagens, reticular and elastic fibers) and other ground substance in order to maintain the extracellular matrix (especially during wound healing or tissue repair), and to provide a structural framework for many tissues.


Supplement

They occur in various shapes, such as stellate, fusiform, and spindle-shaped.


Related forms: fibroblastic (adjective).
Related terms: fibroblast growth factors, fibroblast interferon.

See also: collagen.