Dense Connective Tissue
Cells and fibers are packed together tightly.
Read the descriptions of the different dense connective tissues below and select the best choice using all the clues you can find.

Dense Regular Connective Tissue

The fibers are in huge bundles
that are generally much thicker than the cells.

The fiber bundles are parallel to each other
and fairly straight or slightly wavy
(like a hilly landscape in a child's drawing).

The fibers stain pink or yellowish-whitish.

The nuclei of the fibroblasts often get squashed into rows between bundles.

Dense Irregular Connective Tissue

The fibers are in huge bundles
that are generally much thicker than the cells.

The fiber bundles swirl in every direction
including being at a 90 degree angle
to neighboring fiber bundles.

The fibers stain pinkish.

The nuclei of the fibroblasts appear to be randomly scattered amongst the fibers.
Elastic Connective Tissue

The fibers are not as thick as the cells.

The fibers are often very wavy
(like wavy water or wavy hair in a child's drawing).

The fibers are naturally yellow colored but may appear black (when silver-stained) or may be stained red.

(c) 2006 Jackie Lindbeck