Fibrous Connective Tissue or FCT is a connective tissue with high tensile strength. This tissue is made up of elastic and collagenous fibers. Tendons and ligaments are formed from those tissues. Most of these tissues do not have living cells and consist primarily of proteins, polysaccharides and water. These tissues are located close to Muller’s muscle.
Supporting Connective Tissues: Bone and cartilage are the tissues that make a strong framework that supports the body. In these tissues, here are many fibers forming the matrix and in a few cases, there are deposits of calcium salts which are insoluble. Cartilages are of three types: Hyaline Cartilage, Elastic Cartilage and Fibrocartilage.
The common type of supporting connective tissue is hyaline cartilage which connects the ribs to the sternum. This cartilage supports the respiratory tract’s conducting pathways and covers the bones’ surfaces within the joints. The next category that is elastic cartilage has many elastic fibers making it flexible and very resilient. The epiglottis, the nose’s tip and pinna which is the ear’s external flap are supported by elastic cartilage. The third type that is fibrocartilage has many collagen fibers making it very durable and resistive to shocks. This tissue prevents damage from contact between bone to bone. This tissue is located in between bones in the pelvis region and also around it. It is also located in some tendons and joints.