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Adipose Tissue

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Updated February 15, 2014

adipose tissue

Adipose tissue.

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Definition: Adipose tissue is connective tissue in which energy in the form of fat is stored.

The cells in adipose tissue (adipocytes) are distended by droplets of fat. Adipose tissue helps to cushion and insulate the body. Obese individuals have an excessive amount of adipose tissue.

Pronunciation: add-ih-POSE

Also Known As: fat tissue, body fat

Alternate Spellings: adiposity

Examples: In the human body, adipose tissue is found beneath the skin and surrounding internal organs.

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