Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Connective Tissue

One of the four basic types of tissue; characterized by cells surrounded by an acellular matrix and, in some connective tissues, by extracellular fibers. It functions in binding structures together, forming framework and capsules for organs, storing energy, and carrying substances. Types of connective tissue include bones, cartilage, adipose tissue, blood, and loose and fibrous connective tissue.

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