connective tissuemedical dictionary

<pathology> Rather general term for mesodermally derived tissue that may be more or less specialised. Cartilage and bone are specialised connective tissue, as is blood, but the term is probably better reserved for the less specialised tissue that is rich in extracellular matrix (collagen, proteoglycan etc.) and that surrounds other more highly ordered tissues and organs.

This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology

(11 Mar 2008)