Connective Tissue:
Connects and Supports Your Whole Body

Connective tissue’s job is to structurally connect different parts of the body in order for the body to maintain its structure.  In other words, connective tissues allow your body to hold its shape without collapsing.

allow your body to hold its shape without collapsing

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We emphasize the word “structurally” connect because it is about holding the body’s shape and structure together.  This is different from the other type of tissues–the nervous tissue, which connects information and signals.

By the way, there are a total of four different types of tissues, and connective tissue is only one of them.   You can find the other tissues (nervous tissue, epithelial tissue, and muscle tissue) in my other comics.

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Next Generation Science Standards:

HS-LS1-2 Develop and use a model to illustrate the hierarchical organization of interacting systems that provide specific functions within multicellular organisms.

MS-LS1-1 Conduct an investigation to provide evidence that living things are made of cells; either one cell or many different numbers and types of cells.

MS-LS1-2 Develop and use a model to describe the function of a cell as a whole and ways parts of cells contribute to the function.

MS-LS1-3 Use argument supported by evidence for how the body is a system of interacting subsystems composed of groups of cells.

What Science Does this Comic Teach?

Unit: Anatomy

⇒Chapter: Immunology

⇒Topic: Connective Tissue

Additional Information


It is the smallest living unit that make up all living things.  All living things consist of cells.  Some consist of a single cell, while others consist of multiple cells.

Nervous Cells

Also called neurons.  They are a special type of cells which can pass information around.

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