2nd October 2019


How is a tendon attached to the bone?

At fibrous entheses, the tendon or ligament attaches either directly to the bone or indirectly to it via the periosteum. In both cases, dense fibrous connective tissue connects the tendon/ligament to the periosteum and there is no evidence of (fibro)cartilage differentiation (Fig. 1a,b).

What type of connective tissue makes up tendons?

Next, there is dense connective tissue. It has thicker, denser fibers and fewer cells. The matrix is made up mostly of collagen fibers, with fibroblasts arranged in rows. This type of connective tissue forms tendons and ligaments, which attach muscle to bone and bone to bone, respectively.
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