Connective tissue is broken down into two categories. Connective tissue proper includes loose connective tissue, adipose tissue, reticular connective tissue, dense connective tissue, and elastic connective tissue. The specialized connective tissues include cartilage, bone, and blood. Each type of connective tissue is described in the following sections.
Reticular fibers are very thin collagenous fibers. They are highly branched and form delicate supporting networks in a variety of tissues. Table 5.6 summarizes the components of connective tissue.
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