connective tissue

noun Anatomy.
a tissue, usually of mesoblastic origin, that connects, supports, or surrounds other tissues, organs, etc.

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connective tissue
an animal tissue developed from the embryonic mesoderm that consists of collagen or elastic fibres, fibroblasts, fatty cells, etc, within a jelly-like matrix. It supports organs, fills the spaces between them, and forms tendons and ligaments

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connective tissue con·nec·tive tissue (kə-něk'tĭv)
The supporting or framework tissue of the body, arising chiefly from the embryonic mesoderm and including collagenous, elastic and reticular fibers, adipose tissue, cartilage, and bone. Also called interstitial tissue.

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connective tissue   (kə-něk'tĭv)  Pronunciation Key 
Tissue that connects, supports, binds, or encloses the structures of the body. Connective tissues are made up of cells embedded in an extracellular matrix and include bones, cartilage, mucous membranes, fat, and blood.
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connective tissue definition

Body tissue that serves to connect or support other tissues or parts. Cartilage, tendons, and bone are all kinds of connective tissue.

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Example sentences
It is used as the connective tissue, for many the basic webbing upon which all
  sentences are formed.
When the muscles and connective tissue have been compromised, the strap can
  hold the joint stable.
Mouse connective tissue, which forms a platform for the cells to grow on,
  resembles long grains of rice.
Females have thick padding on their reproductive tract that's reinforced with
  strong, elastic connective tissue.
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