Foundations - Introduction to Histology

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A tissue is a functional aggregation of similar cells and their intercellular materials that combine to perform common functions. An organ is an anatomically discrete structure (e.g. heart, skin) with 1 or more functions. Four tissues are considered basic or primary: epithelial, connective, muscular and nervous. Many organs contain all 4 types of tissues e.g. skin (covering, packing, muscles, nerves).

Specific Objectives

  1. Obtain an understanding of the histological appearance of the basic tissues namely epithelium, connective tissue, muscle and nervous tissue.
  2. To examine unique cellular characteristics of each of the basic tissues.

Learning Activities

Virtual Slides Introduction to Histology: Cells and Tissues


Links: Blue Histology - Epithelia


Connective Tissue


Nervous Tissue