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Encyclopedia > Fibrous tissue
Types of connective tissue
Types of connective tissue

In zootomy, fibrous connective tissue (FCT) is a type of connective tissue which has relatively high tensile strength, due to a relatively high concentration of collagenous fibers. Such tissues form ligaments and tendons; the majority of the tissue does not contain living cells, the tissue is primary composed of polysaccharides, proteins, and water. Image File history File links Illu_connective_tissues_1. ... Image File history File links Illu_connective_tissues_1. ... Zootomy is a contraction of zoological and anatomy and refers to the dissection of animals as opposed to that of plants (phytotomy) See also: Androtomy, zootomical terms for location, Cat anatomy La Anatomía comparada estudia diversas especies. ... Connective tissue is one of the four types of tissue in traditional classifications (the others being epithelial, muscle, and nervous tissue. ... Tensile strength measures the force required to pull something such as rope, wire, or a structural beam to the point where it breaks. ... In chemistry, concentration is the measure of how much of a given substance there is mixed with another substance. ... Tropocollagen triple helix. ... A ligament is a short band of tough fibrous connective tissue composed mainly of long, stringy collagen fibres. ... A tendon (or fatty) is a tough band of fibrous connective tissue that connects muscle to bone, or muscle to muscle and is designed to withstand tension. ... For other uses, see Life (disambiguation), Lives (disambiguation) or Living (disambiguation), Living Things (disambiguation). ... Drawing of the structure of cork as it appeared under the microscope to Robert Hooke from Micrographia which is the origin of the word cell. Cells in culture, stained for keratin (red) and DNA (green). ... Polysaccharides (sometimes called glycans) are relatively complex carbohydrates. ... A representation of the 3D structure of myoglobin, showing coloured alpha helices. ... Impact of a drop of water. ...


The cells of fibrous connective tissue are mostly fibroblasts, irregular, branching cells that secrete strong fibrous proteins as an extracellular matrix. The most commonly secreted protein is collagen which represents one-fourth of all vertebrate protein. Collagen is tough and flexible and gives strength to tissue. Elastin fibers are thinner than collagen fibers and are also secreted by fibroblasts. These protein fibers have longer cross-links than collagen fibers, which gives elastin fibers great elasticity. Mouse Embryonic Fibroblasts (MEF) A fibroblast is a type of cell that synthesizes and maintains the extracellular matrix of many animal tissues. ... In biology, extracellular matrix (ECM) is any material part of a tissue that is not part of any cell. ... A representation of the 3D structure of myoglobin, showing coloured alpha helices. ... Tropocollagen triple helix. ... A representation of the 3D structure of myoglobin, showing coloured alpha helices. ... Elastin, also known as elasticin, is a protein in connective tissue that is elastic and allows skin to return to its original position when it is poked or pinched. ...


Types

There are several categories of fibrous connective tissue:


 
 

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