Biology (NTSE/Olympiad)  

2. Tissue

Adipose tissue

(iii) Adipose tissue :
Adipose is primarily a fat storing tissue in which the matrix is packed with large, spherical or oval fat cells (or adipocytes). Each fat cell contains a large fat globule. The matrix also contains fibroblasts, macrophages, collagen fibres and elastic fibres. The adipose tissue is arranged in lobules encased in areolar tissue.
The adipose tissue is found beneath the skin, in the covering of the heart, around the blood vessels and kidney and in yellow bone marrow. This tissue stores fat and insulates the body against heat loss. It forms a shock aborbing cushion around the kidneys and the eyeballs. Bulbber in whales is, in fact, an insulating fat body. Similarly, hump in camel is also rich in adipose tissue.


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