8. In the histologic specimen of connective tissue stained with hematoxylin-eosin one can see ramifying cells that are in contact with one another. In general the cells form a network structure the spaces of which contain cord of lymphocytes. One of the students said that that tissue is reticular tissue, another student said that it is bony tissue. Which of the answers is correct?
The network structure and the presence of lymphocytes indicate that it is a reticular tissue. This tissue can be observed in lymphoid organs like bone marrow, spleen, etc.
The presence of osteocytes, central canal, and lamella are some typical structures observed in bony tissue. Thus the correct answer is reticular tissue.