Biology: The Unity and Diversity o...

15th Edition
Cecie Starr + 3 others
ISBN: 9781337408332



Biology: The Unity and Diversity o...

15th Edition
Cecie Starr + 3 others
ISBN: 9781337408332
Textbook Problem

Straps or dense, regular connective tissue _______.

  1. a. connect muscles to bones
  2. b. produce blood cells
  3. c. underlie the skin
  4. d. lack fibroblasts

Summary Introduction

Introduction: Connective tissues help to connect the tissues with one another. The cells or the fibroblasts mostly secrete an extracellular matrix which is rich in polysaccharides and strands of elastin and collagen. The connective tissue can be classified into two- loose and dense connective tissues. In vertebrates, the loose connective tissue will scatter the fibers and cells through a gel-like matrix and in the dense connective tissue will surround a cell using a matrix which is densely-packed fibers.


Reason for the correct answer:

The collagen fibers are densely packed and parallely arranged to form a dense connective tissue. The cords of connective tissue are tendons and ligaments.  The main role of tendons is to connect the skeletal muscles to bones whereas the ligaments join bone to bone.

Option a. is given as “connect muscles to bones”.

Tendons are made up of dense, regular connective tissues which help to connect the skeletal muscles to bones.

Hence, the correct answer is option a.

Reason for the incorrect answer:

Option b. is given as, “produce blood cells”.

The blood cells are produced in the bone marrow and not by the dense, regular connective tissue...

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