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Loose connective tissue

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DITW - Loose Connective Tissues

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What Is Loose Connective Tissue? (preview) - Human Anatomy | Kenhub

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Dense connective tissue: types and function (preview) - Human Histology | Kenhub

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Loose connective tissue

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Dr. Benaduce: Loose Connective Tissue (Tissues Lecture)

Loose connective tissue is a category of connective tissue which includes areolar tissue, reticular tissue, and adipose tissue. Loose connective tissue is the most common type of connective tissue in vertebrates. It holds organs in place and attaches epithelial tissue to other underlying tissues. For example, it forms telae, such as the tela submucosa and tela subserosa, which connect mucous and serous membranes to the muscular layer. It also surrounds the blood vessels and nerves. Cells called fibroblasts are widely dispersed in this tissue; they are irregular branching cells that secrete strong fibrous proteins and proteoglycans as an extracellular matrix. The cells of this type of tissue are generally separated by quite some distance by a gelatinous substance primarily made up of collagenous and elastic fibers.