Elastic Fiber

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elastic fiber

[i′las·tik ′fī·bər]
(histology)
A homogeneous, fibrillar connective tissue component that is highly refractile and appears yellowish when arranged in bundles.
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Elastic Fiber

 

a type of fiber found in the intercellular substance of connective tissue. Elastic fibers are long homogeneous threads no more than two or three micrometers thick. They are intertwined and branched, forming a delicate network that refracts light strongly. The fibers consist of the stable elastic protein elastin, which withstands boiling. Elastic fibers are found in the walls of blood vessels, elastic cartilage, and areolar tissue.

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