The Four Basic or Primary Tissues

The tissue level of body organization is best represented by the four basic or primary tissues. These are the four general types of tissue which have the

Tissue 1

Tissue 1

Tissue cell

Tissue cell

INTERSTITIAL FLUID

Extracellular matrix of criss-crossing proteins

BLOOD PLASMA

Red blood cells

THE TOTAL y EXTRACELLULAR FLUID (ECF)

BLOOD PLASMA

Red blood cells

Fig. 5.7 The two main parts of the extracellular fluid.

common characteristics into which all of the specific types of body tissue can be grouped.

For ease of memorization, we are going to give you a CNEMI (NEE-mee), or ''leg'' up! And this CNEMI (helping leg) is actually shown in Figure 5.8. Besides being a Latin word root for ''leg,'' we are using CNEMI as a helpful abbreviation for the basic (primary) tissues, plus the skin.

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