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  • Date Submitted: 10/21/2010 07:16 AM
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Adipose Connective TissueAdipose tissue is “fatty tissue.” The adipose cell atfirst appears star-shaped. When the cell begins to storefat in its cytoplasm, it enlarges, losing its star shape asthe nucleus is pushed to one side (fig. 1-7). When thisprocess occurs to many cells, the other cell types arecrowded   out   and   adipose   tissue   is   formed.   Adiposetissue   is   found   beneath   skin,   between   muscles,   andaround joints and various organs of the body. Adiposetissue acts as a reservoir for energy-producing foods;helps to reduce body heat loss (because of its poor heatconductivity); and serves as support for various organsand   fragile   structures,   such   as   the   kidneys,   bloodvessels, and nerves.Osseous Connective TissueThis type of tissue, known as “bone tissue,” is adense   fibrous   connective   tissue   that   forms   tendons,ligaments, cartilage, and bones (fig. 1-8). These tissuesform the supporting framework of the body.MUSCULAR TISSUEMuscular tissue provides for all body movement.Contracting   muscles   cause   body   parts   to   move.   Thethree types of muscle tissue are skeletal, smooth, andcardiac.Skeletal Muscle   TissueSkeletal   (voluntary)   muscle   fiber   is   striated,   orstriped, and is under the control of the individual's will(fig. 1-9). For this reason, it is often called “voluntary”muscle   tissue.   Skeletal   muscle   tissues   are   usuallyattached to bones. When muscle fibers are stimulatedby an action of a nerve fiber, the fibers contract andrelax.   This   interaction   between   muscle   and   nervousfibers produces movement.Smooth Muscle TissueThese   muscle   fibers   are   smooth,   or   nonstriated,and are not under the control of the individual's will(fig. 1-10). For this reason, this type of muscle tissue iscalled “involuntary.” Smooth muscle tissue is found inthe   walls   of   hollow   organs,   such   as   the   stomach,intestines, blood vessels, and urinary bladder. Smoothmuscle   tissues   are   responsible   for   the   movement   offood through...

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