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Connective tissues support and binds tissues in the body together, binds structures together, and forms a framework and support for the organs (including holding them in place) and body as a whole.  It also stores fat, transports substances, protects against diseases, and helps repair damage to tissues that may occur throughout the body.  Some examples of connective tissues are:  ligaments, tendons, cartilage, bone (mineralized, osseous connective tissue), and blood, etc.

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connective tissues
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