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connect.tissue cells

cells of connective tissue proper

Fibroblasts Only cells that are always present. Responsible for production of all connective tissue fibers.
Fibrocytes Maintain connective tissue fibers of connective tissue proper. Only nucleus is visible in standard histological preparation. Areolar tissue
Fixed macrophages Are large cells that engulf damaged cells or pathogens. Areolar tissue
Adipocytes Fat cells, containing a single enormous lipid dropet. Adipose tissue, areolar tissue
Mesenchymal Cells Stem cells that respond to local injury or infection by dividing to produce daughter cells
Free Macrophages Large phagocytic cells...provide a frontline defense
Mast Cells Often found near blood vessels. Cytoplasm of a mast cell is filled with secretory granules of histamine. Areolar tissue
Lymphocytes Develop into plasmocytes, responsible for production of antibodies
Collagen Fibers Most common, strongest fibers. Tendons and ligaments consist of collagen fibers. Areolar tissue. Dense regular connective tissue, dense irregular connective tissue, fibrous cartilage
Reticular Fibers Reticular tissue
Elastic Fibers Areolar tissue, elastic tissue, elastic cartilage
Chondrocytes Only cells found within the cartilage matrix. Hyaline, elastic cartilage, fibrous cartilage
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