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Fascia is specialized connective tissue layer which surrounds muscles, bones, and joints, providing support and protection and giving structure to the body. It consists of three layers: the superficial fascia, the deep fascia and the subserous fascia. Connective tissue is any type of biological tissue with an extensive extracellular matrix and often serves to support, bind together, and protect organs. ...


Fascia is one of the 3 types of dense connective tissue (the other two being ligaments and tendons).

  • The Superficial Fascia is located directly under the subcutis of the skin. Its functions include the storage of fat and water and it also provides passageways for nerves and blood vessels. In some areas of the body, it also houses a layer of skeletal muscle, allowing for movement of the skin.
  • The Deep Fascia is beneath the superficial fascia. It aids muscle movements and, like the superficial fascia, provides passageways for nerves and blood vessels. In some areas of the body, it also provides an attachment site for muscles and acts as a cushioning layer between them.
  • The Subserous Fascia is between the deep fascia and the membranes lining the cavities of the body. There is a potential space between it and the deep fascia which allows for flexibility and movement of the internal organs.

According to Terminologia Anatomica of the Federal Committee on Anatomical Terminology ... fascia consists of sheaths, sheets or other dissectible connective tissue aggregations. Most form from condensations of mesenchyme ... some are left behind as organs move ... others are formed as serosal surfaces fuse .... Eventually the term fascia ... includes not only the sheaths of muscles but also the investments of viscera and dissectible structures related to them.. The subcutis is the layer of tissue directly underlying the cutis. ... A section of Human Skin In zootomy and dermatology, skin is an organ of the integumentary system made up of a layer of tissues that guard underlying muscles and organs. ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... Water (from the Old English waeter; c. ... A nerve is an enclosed, cable-like bundle of nerve fibers or axons, which includes the glia that ensheath the axons in myelin. ... The blood vessels are part of the circulatory system and function to transport blood throughout the body. ... A top-down view of skeletal muscle Skeletal muscleis a type of striated muscle, attached to the skeleton. ...


See also

The plantar fascia is the thick connective tissue which supports the arch of the foot. ...

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Fascia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (267 words)
Fascia is specialized connective tissue layer which surrounds muscles, bones, and joints, providing support and protection and giving structure to the body.
Fascia is one of the 3 types of dense connective tissue (the other two being ligaments and tendons).
The Subserous Fascia is between the deep fascia and the membranes lining the cavities of the body.
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