connective tissues

Definition of connective tissue

connective tissue

(kuh-NEK-tiv TIH-shoo)
Tissue that supports, protects, and gives structure to other tissues and organs in the body. Connective tissue also stores fat, helps move nutrients and other substances between tissues and organs, and helps repair damaged tissue. Connective tissue is made up of cells, fibers, and a gel-like substance. Types of connective tissue include bone, cartilage, fat, blood, and lymphatic tissue.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms