ground substance

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ground substance

1. The intercellular material in which the cells and fibers of connective tissue are embedded. Also called matrix.

ground′ sub`stance

1. Also called matrix. the substance in which tissue, cells, and intercellular structures are embedded or suspended.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ground substance - the body substance in which tissue cells are embedded
body substance - the substance of the body
bone, os - rigid connective tissue that makes up the skeleton of vertebrates
connective tissue - tissue of mesodermal origin consisting of e.g. collagen fibroblasts and fatty cells; supports organs and fills spaces between them and forms tendons and ligaments
cartilage, gristle - tough elastic tissue; mostly converted to bone in adults
2.ground substance - the clear nongranular portion of the cytoplasm of a cell
cytol, cytoplasm - the protoplasm of a cell excluding the nucleus; is full of proteins that control cell metabolism

ground sub·stance

n. sustancia fundamental que llena los espacios intercelulares de los huesos, cartílagos y tejido fibroso.
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Both fibrous components appear more compact because of a decrease in the voids or spaces between the fibers; the spaces resulted from a loss of ground substance.
This is known as the ground substance, found not only in these layers of the artery but to a variable degree in and around all of the connective tissue cells of the body.
In the myxomatous or reactive variant, lesions are relatively acellular, and there is a high volume of myxoid ground substance.

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