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What kind of connective tissue acts as a sponge, soaking up fluid when edema occurs? a. Areolar connective, b. Adipose connective, c. Dense irregular connective, d. Reticular connective, e. Vascular.

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The areolar tissue has a very soft, loose, and almost fluid nature. This tissue surrounds other body cells. Therefore, when inflammation of some body part occurs, the areolar tissue absorbs and retains fluid, proteins, and cells resulting from inflammation. This leads to swelling (edema). Cells specialized for phagocytosis called macrophages are found in areolar tissue.

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