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Dense connective tissue

Dense connective tissue
Latin textus connectivus compactus
Code TH H2.
Anatomical terminology

Dense connective tissue, also called dense fibrous tissue, has fibers as its main matrix element.[1]

Dense connective tissue is mainly composed of type I collagen. Crowded between the collagen fibers are rows of fibroblasts, fiber-forming cells, that manufacture the fibers. Dense connective tissue forms strong, rope-like structures such as tendons and ligaments. Tendons attach skeletal muscles to bones; ligaments connect bones to bones at joints. Ligaments are more stretchy and contain more elastic fibers than tendons. Dense connective tissue also make up the lower layers of the skin (dermis), where it is arranged in sheets.[2]


  • Classification 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


It is often divided into "Dense regular connective tissue" and "Dense irregular connective tissue".[3]

See also


  1. ^ "Blue Histology". Retrieved 2009-10-16. 
  2. ^ Marieb, Elaine N. (2009). Essentials of Human Anatomy and Physiology - 10th ed. San Francisco, Ca.: Pearson Education. p. 96.  
  3. ^ Strum, Judy M.; Gartner, Leslie P.; Hiatt, James L. (2007). Cell biology and Histology. Hagerstwon, MD: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. p. 83.  

External links

  • Anatomy photo: TermsCells&Tissues/connective/dense/dense1 - Comparative Organology at University of California, Davis - "Connective tissue, dense (LM, Low)"
  • Histology at
  • Overview at

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