onnective tissues function primarily to support the body andtobindorconnecttogether all types of tissue. This tissue also provideamechanical framework (the skeleton)which plays an important roleinlocomotion. Unlike epithelial tissue, connective tissue is characterised bythelarge amounts of intercellular substance(also calledground substanceor thematrix) that it contains.
onnective tissue arerelatively few cellswhich are widelyseperatedfrom eachother. Theseliving cellsare responsible forsecretingthe large amountsofintercellular ground substance (matrix). The matrix is anon-livingmaterialwhich may beliquid (eg. blood), semi-solid (eg. connectivetissue)orsolid (eg. bone). Embedded in the matrix are a variety ofconnecting andsupporting fibres, eg. collagen fibres and elastic fibres.
lassificationof the basic connective tissue depends
predominant fibretypepresent in each.
onnective tissue can be divided into four main types