Adipose tissue is sometimes referred to simply as fat. Adipose tissue may be partitioned by connective tissue septa into lobules. While in the subsequent developmental phases the lobules continuously increase in size.
The special capability of fat cells is the storage of a fuel reserve, which may vary in extent from an approximate 40-day reserve in the average person to one sufficient for a year or more in some obese individuals.
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When the individual is on reducing diet, adipose tissue undergoes a process called lipolysis. Lipolysis is the separation of fatty acids from the stored form of fat, and release of the fatty acids into the blood so that they can be used by tissues and organs as a source of energy.
Another recognized function of adipose tissue was it ability to cushion, support abdominal organs and shapes the body.
Fat cells and adipose tissue