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ground substance

1. The intercellular material in which the cells and fibers of connective tissue are embedded. Also called matrix.
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ground′ sub`stance

1. Also called matrix. the substance in which tissue, cells, and intercellular structures are embedded or suspended.
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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
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ground sub·stance

n. sustancia fundamental que llena los espacios intercelulares de los huesos, cartílagos y tejido fibroso.
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Glucosamine salt contains a protein to make a ground substance for cartilage.
One can compare the dermis to a mattress: as much as a mattress contains springs and wool, the dermis contains elastic fibers and water-bound ground substance. The elastic fibers consist of collagen, elastin and other proteins.
The conveyor then sends the material through a grinder, which drops the ground substance into a pile.
It has the power to inhibit the enzyme hyaluronidase which is known as the 'spreading factor', this is secreted by micro-organisms and is a component of snake venom, its purpose is to break down the ground substance, the intracellular cement that holds body cells together, and thereby allowing the toxin to spread throughout the body.
(2) The OM exhibits abundant extracellular production of ground substance and thin fibrils by the delicate spindle-shaped cells.
The histological studies demonstrate disorganization and fragmentation of the collagen, a decrease in collagen fiber diameter and in the overall density of collagen, an increased number of tenocytes and concentration of glycosaminoglycans in the ground substance, and neovascularization.
Neurofibroma lacks capsule, rich in mucopolysaccharide ground substance and has fewer axons.
The surrounding tissue components of cervical canal are fibrous, ground substance and cellular elements.

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