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Anatomy Atlases: Atlas of Microscopic Anatomy: Section 1 - Cells Atlas of Microscopic Anatomy: Section 3 - Connective Tissue

Plate 3.31: Tendon

Embryonic triceps muscle tendon

Ronald A. Bergman, Ph.D., Adel K. Afifi, M.D., Paul M. Heidger, Jr., Ph.D.
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TENDON
Embryonic triceps muscle tendon

Plate 3.31: Tendon

Human, glutaraldehyde-osmium fixation, toluidine blue stain, 1416 x.

Fibroblasts: Also known in mature tendons as tendon cells, or fibrocytes, they are the only cell type present. They are stellate in shape with cytoplasmic processes extending between and around the collagen bundles.

Collagen: In thick bundles or fascicles, separated by tendon cells and loose connective tissue. Collagenous connective tissue fibers are protein and synthesized by fibroblasts. See also Plate 32.

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