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The separation present between the fibers here is an artifact. Compare the collagen fibers here with what was seen in Slide 14 (loose connective tissue) and in the dermis of Slides 25 & 7. Hopefully, you will agree that this collagen is dense and regularly arranged. Yes, this is dense regularly arranged connective tissue. Unlike the other types of connective tissue, the connective tissue of tendons and ligaments contains very few blood vessels, and white blood cells are rare. This connective tissue does not serve the same purpose in regards to epithelium as loose and dense irregular connective tissues do. What characteristic of collagen makes it ideal for tendons?