ground substance
noun Date: 1882 a more or less homogeneous matrix in which the specific differentiated elements of a system are suspended: a. the intercellular substance of tissues b. cytosol

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  • Ground substance — ground ground (ground), n. [OE. ground, grund, AS. grund; akin to D. grond, OS., G., Sw., & Dan. grund, Icel. grunnr bottom, Goth. grundus (in composition); perh. orig. meaning, dust, gravel, and if so perh. akin to E. grind.] 1. The surface of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ground substance — is a term for the non collagenous components of extracellular matrix. Cells are surrounded by extracellular matrix in tissues, which acts as a support for the cells. Ground substance traditionally does not include collagen but does include all… …   Wikipedia

  • ground substance — n a more or less homogeneous matrix that forms the background in which the specific differentiated elements of a system are suspended: a) the intercellular substance of tissues b) CYTOSOL * * * the matrix of connective tissue, in which various… …   Medical dictionary

  • ground substance — noun 1. the body substance in which tissue cells are embedded • Syn: ↑matrix, ↑intercellular substance • Hypernyms: ↑body substance • Part Holonyms: ↑bone, ↑os, ↑cartilage, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • ground substance — Biol. 1. Also called matrix. the homogeneous substance in which the fibers and cells of connective tissue are embedded. 2. Also called hyaloplasm. the clear portion of the cell cytoplasm; cytosol. [1880 85] * * * ▪ biochemistry       an amorphous …   Universalium

  • ground substance — ground′ sub stance n. 1) cbl Also called matrix 3), b) the substance in which tissue, cells, and intercellular structures are embedded or suspended. 2) cbl hyaloplasm …   From formal English to slang

  • ground substance — the matrix of connective tissue, in which various cells and fibres are embedded …   The new mediacal dictionary

  • ground — (ground), n. [OE. ground, grund, AS. grund; akin to D. grond, OS., G., Sw., & Dan. grund, Icel. grunnr bottom, Goth. grundus (in composition); perh. orig. meaning, dust, gravel, and if so perh. akin to E. grind.] 1. The surface of the earth; the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ground angling — ground ground (ground), n. [OE. ground, grund, AS. grund; akin to D. grond, OS., G., Sw., & Dan. grund, Icel. grunnr bottom, Goth. grundus (in composition); perh. orig. meaning, dust, gravel, and if so perh. akin to E. grind.] 1. The surface of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ground annual — ground ground (ground), n. [OE. ground, grund, AS. grund; akin to D. grond, OS., G., Sw., & Dan. grund, Icel. grunnr bottom, Goth. grundus (in composition); perh. orig. meaning, dust, gravel, and if so perh. akin to E. grind.] 1. The surface of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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