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What is Connective Tissue?

Connective tissue is just what is sounds like, it is tissue in the body that connects parts of the body together. That is an over simplification but basically that is its major function.  A more accurate description of connective tissue is that it is a type of tissue in the body that maintains the form of the body and its organs and provides cohesion and internal support. The main types of connective tissue are  ligaments, tendons, cartilage, and fat tissue.

  • Ligaments connect connect bones together. This most often happens in joints.

  • Tendons connect the muscles to bone.

  • Cartilage is connective tissue found in many parts of the body. It lines the inside of joints to make the joint move smoothly. It is on the outside of a joint to help hold it together and in places such as the ear where it gives it its shape.

  • Fat tissue is considered a loose connective tissue. It plays a much smaller role in holding things together.

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