Histology Lab

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Purpose: What is the purpose of this exercise? The purpose of this exercise is to become more familiar with microscope and slides through observations of tissues. By looking at so many slides I am now much more comfortable at identifying some basic structures. The tissue slides were very important to my understanding of the tissue's function. By looking at the dense regular tendon I can see how supportive it is because of all of the fibers present. It connected what I had read and studied to an actual picture and that helps with memorization and understanding.

Are there any safety concerns associated with this exercise? If so, list what they are and what precautions should be taken. There are no safety concerns with
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What is the primary function of connective tissue? The primary function of connective tissue is to provide structural support to tissue and organs of the body. This is import in maintaining form and protecting the organs. B. What can the shape of the cells in a particular type of tissue tell about the function of that tissue? The shape can indicate the cells job. If the cell is squamous if might provide protection from abrasion so it would be connected to tissue that could be abraded. A columnar cell is larger than squamous because it needs room for goblet cells that produce mucous. A tissue that needs mucous might need protection from friction or foreign invaders. That tissue might be in the respiratory tract, stomach or intestines.

C. What is matrix? Why do some tissues have more matrix than others? The matrix is a mixture of non-living material that surrounds the cell. The matrix is filled with fluid and fiber. The more material/fiber in the matrix, the less extracellular space, and the firmer the tissue. Some tissues need a matrix with lots of fibers because their function is support or protection. D. What do collagen fibers provide? Collagen fibers provide structural support and can be found in skin, bone, connective tissue and cartilage. They are very strong fibers that are flexible but do not stretch. The fibers can provide support like how cartilage supports the ear and nose. They can bind skin to


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