PROF. P. MOTTA / DEPT. OF ANATOMY / UNIVERSITY "LA SAPIENZA", ROME / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY PROF. P. MOTTA / DEPT. OF ANATOMY / UNIVERSITY "LA SAPIENZA", ROME / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Cartilage tissue. False-colour scanning electron micrograph of a cartilaginous capsule (centre) in the hyaline articular cartilage. Cartilage is a type of connective tissue & consists of cells, chondrocytes, embedded in an intercellular matrix synthesised & secreted by them. The capsule seen here originally contained a chondrocyte. The cartilage matrix occupies the rest of the frame & is composed of connective collagen and elastin fibres. Hyaline articular cartilage covers the ends of long bones & its smooth & slippery surface facilitates movement of the joints. Magnification: x3635 at 6x7cm size. Magnification: x6000 at 4x5 inch size.
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