It fills the spaces between muscle fibers, surrounds blood and lymph vessels, and supports organs in the abdominal cavity. The histology of transverse tissue from long bone shows a typical arrangement of osteocytes in concentric circles around a central canal Figure 4.
One type of regular dense connective tissue is a tendon. Chondrocytes are found in spaces within the tissue called lacunae.
In dense connective most of the principal cells are seen to be resting. Licenses and Attributions CC licensed content, Original elastic connective tissue image.
One of the types, fibrous connective tissue, is especially strong. Osteoclasts bore tunnels into the bone and osteocytes are found in the lacunae.
Adipocytes appear round and swollen when fat is being stored and shrink as fat is used. Hyaline cartilage is flexible, elastic, and surrounded by a dense membrane called perichondrium.
Osteoblasts deposit bone material into the matrix and, after the matrix surrounds them, they continue to live, but in a reduced metabolic state as osteocytes. It is lighter than compact bone and found in the interior of some bones and at the end of long bones.
Erythrocytes red blood cellsthe predominant cell type, are involved in the transport of oxygen and carbon dioxide.