Dense regular connective tissue

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Dense regular connective tissue provides connection between different tissues in the human body. The collagen fibers in dense regular connective tissue are bundled in a parallel fashion.

Structures formed

  • An example of their use is in tendons.1 Tendons, which connect muscle to bone, derive their strength from the regular, longitudinal arrangement of bundles of elastic fibers.
  • Ligaments bind bone to bone and are similar in structure to tendons.

Functions

Dense regular connective tissue has great tensile strength that resists pulling forces especially well in one direction.

DRCT has a very poor blood supply, which is why damaged tendons and ligaments are slow to heal.

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