Basic Histology -- Dense Irregular Connective Tissue Next Home Back

Sometimes connective tissue is very rich in collagen.

In a tendon, the collagen fibers are all lined up in the same direction, so they can help pull the same way. We call this "dense regular connective tissue."

When dense connective tissue is intended for protection instead, the abundant collagen fibers run every-which-way. We call this "dense irregular connective tissue".

This is from the dermis, the tough fibrous layer that makes up most of the thickness of your skin.

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