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ground substance


Definition: the amorphous material in which structural elements occur; in connective tissue, it is composed of proteoglycans, glycoproteins, glycosaminoglycans, plasma constituents, metabolites, water, and ions present between cells and fibers.

Synonym(s): substantia fundamentalis

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