Definition of connective tissue in English:

connective tissue


  • [mass noun] Tissue that connects, supports, binds, or separates other tissues or organs, typically having relatively few cells embedded in an amorphous matrix, often with collagen or other fibres, and including cartilaginous, fatty, and elastic tissues.

    ‘a thin sheet of connective tissue’
    [count noun] ‘connective tissues form the framework of the vertebrate body’
    • ‘They are arranged in bundles, separated by sheets of connective tissue containing collagen.’
    • ‘A septum of connective tissue separates the circular muscle layers of the pylorus and duodenum.’
    • ‘One of the special connective tissues, adipose tissue, serves as a reservoir of energy and as a soft packing in potential spaces and for organs.’
    • ‘Fibrosis is the replacement of functional hepatic tissue with nonfunctional connective tissue.’
    • ‘This demonstrates that limb muscle cells have a different lineage to that of limb connective tissues (cartilage and tendons).’