Dense Regular Connective Tissue

Key:

  1. The tissue in question
  2. Collagen fibers

Description:

  • This tissue is mainly comprised of collagen fibers that are packed tightly and all run parallel to one another.
  • This parallel arrangement, and the collagen fibers, gives this tissue great tensile strength.
  • There are a few elastin fibers to give the tissue some resiliency.
  • The main cell type for this tissue is the fibroblast (which ‘builds’ the fibers)

Function:

  • Attaches muscles to bones or other muscles.
  • Also makes ligaments that attach bones to bones.
  • Withstands great tensile stress when pulling force is applied in one direction.

Location:

  • Tendons
  • Ligaments
  • Aponeuroses (broad tendinous sheets)