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elastic fiber

[i′las·tik ′fī·bər]
A homogeneous, fibrillar connective tissue component that is highly refractile and appears yellowish when arranged in bundles.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

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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(d, e, f) The amount of elastic fibers in outer surface of tunica albuginea and subsinusoidal area in Group 1 is lower than Groups 2 and 3, whereas the amount of elastic fibers in Group 2 is almost similar to Group 3 (Verhoeff-Van Gieson's elastic stain, x200).
Caption: Figure 2: The degree of destruction of elastic fibers was greater in the protruding type than the indented type.
The group that was treated with BbCI inhibitor (ELABC) had attenuated this response in macrophages, neutrophils, collagen fibers, elastic fibers, MMP-9- and MMP-12-positive cells, and iNOS- and 8-iso-PGF2[alpha]-positive cells.
The skin of intrinsically MA mice exhibited wrinkling, loss of elasticity, collagen and elastic fiber atrophy, and skin thinning.
Medium-power view in the subpleural fibroelastotic region revealing elastic fiber deposition in relation to the alveolar walls, with intervening collagen deposition (elastic Van Gieson stain, original magnification X100).
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The umbilical arteries and vein both had inner transverse and outer longitudinally arranged elastic fibers in the tunica intima.
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It was also observed that some muscle fibers of the masseter temporal and lateral pterygoid muscles entered and dispersed inside the articular disc in which the elastic fibers were dense.
Histologically, it is characterized by abnormal elastic fibers, other connective tissue elements, and cellular debris that are ejected from the papillary dermis through the epidermis.