Glossary term:


In everyday speech a piece of tissue is a thin sheet of paper, used to wrap a present or, in a slightly different form, to blow the nose, or to be used in the toilet. In biology the word tissue refers to living material made up of cells or groups of cells of similar type or types. We may speak, for example, of nerve tissue or of fatty tissue, of glandular tissue or of connective tissue. Individual organs of the body, such as the brain, the heart, the liver or the kidneys, are made up of several tissue types, almost always including connective tissue.