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matrix
Glossaries - Histology glossary

extracellular material which is produced by the cells embedded in it, containing ground substance and fibers

merocrine secretion
Glossaries - Histology glossary

release of a substance from a gland via exocytosis

mesenchymal cell
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adult stem cell from which most connective tissue cells are derived

mesenchyme
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embryonic tissue from which connective tissue cells derive

mesoderm
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middle embryonic germ layer from which connective tissue, muscle tissue, and some epithelial tissue derive

mesothelium
Glossaries - Histology glossary

simple squamous epithelial tissue which covers the major body cavities and is the epithelial portion of serous membranes

mucous connective tissue
Glossaries - Histology glossary

specialized loose connective tissue present in the umbilical cord

mucous gland
Glossaries - Histology glossary

group of cells that secrete mucous, a thick, slippery substance that keeps tissues moist and acts as a lubricant

mucous membrane
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tissue membrane that is covered by protective mucous and lines tissue exposed to the outside environment

muscle tissue
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type of tissue that is capable of contracting and generating tension in response to stimulation; produces movement.

myelin
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layer of lipid inside some neuroglial cells that wraps around the axons of some neurons

myocyte
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muscle cells

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