Most abundant and widely distributed tissues in the body
-Binds tissues together
-Supports and strengthen tissue
-Protects and insulates internal organs
-Compartmentalize and transport/skeletal muscles
-Major transport system –blood
-Energy reserves and immune responses General Features of Connective Tissue
Connective tissue consists of 2 basic elements: extracellular matrix and cells.
Extracellular matrix is the material located between the cells, it consist of protein fibers
and ground substance, the material between the cells and fibers.
Extracellular matrix is secreted by connective tissue cells and determines tissue’s
quantities (cartilage-extracellular matrix is firm but pliable, bones-extracellular matrix is
hard but flexible).
They do not occur on body