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

Plate 3.51: Mucous Connective Tissue

Umbilical cord

Ronald A. Bergman, Ph.D., Adel K. Afifi, M.D., Paul M. Heidger, Jr., Ph.D.
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Umbilical cord

Plate 3.51: Mucous Connective Tissue

Rhesus monkey, Helly's fluid, H. & E., 162 x.

Mucous connective tissue is characteristically found in the umbilical cord. It also is transiently encountered as a stage in the differentiation of mesenchyme into connective tissue.

The distinctive cell of mucous connective tissue is a primitive fibroblast, which may be spindle-shaped or stellate. In H. & E. preparations, only nuclei of fibroblasts are evident. Fine collagenous fibrils aggregate in the ground substance, which is characteristically abundant and gelatinous.

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