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Ground substance

Definition
noun
(1) The amorphous, gel-like, noncellular component of the extracellular matrix where the fibers and cells of connective tissue are embedded.
(2) The clear, fluid portion of the cytoplasm of the cell; hyaloplasm.
Supplement
In connective tissues, the ground substance is primarily composed of proteoglycans, glycosaminoglycans, glycoproteins, water, and ions. It fills the space between cells of connective tissue.
Also called: substantia fundamentalis.


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