Dense Regular Connective Tissue: Definition and Examples

Dense Regular Connective Tissue Definition

Dense regular connective tissue is a type of connective tissue characterized by extracellular fibers particularly collagen fibers arranged in parallel bundles.

A connective tissue, which is made up primarily of fibers, especially type I collagen is called dense connective tissue. The fibers are generated by the fibroblasts in the matrix. As compare to other loosely connective tissues, it is dense and closely compacted thus it is known as dense connective tissue.

Usually is found in two forms-

(1) dense regular connective tissue

(2) dense irregular connective tissue.

The dense regular connective tissue has collagen fibers that have arranged in parallel bundles. The body parts bind together with the help of these parallel bundles. The great tensile strength of fibers resists the pulling force, particularly from a single direction. Examples of dense regular connective tissue include ligaments and tendons. Tendons have been used to connect bones to muscles whereas the bone to another bone is joined by a ligament. The perichondrium around the tracheal cartilage and the tunica albuginea around the testis are some other examples of dense connective tissue. There are mainly two forms of dense regular connective tissue, i.e. white or yellow fibrous connective tissue.

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