Tissue Types


Used as an adjective to modify donation, tissue, donor or recipient when donation is intended only from him/herself and transplantation is intended only to him/herself.


Gestational tissue donated at the time of delivery of a living newborn. This includes placenta, Wharton’s jelly, amniotic fluid, chorionic membrane, amniotic membrane, placental/chorionic disc, umbilical veins, and umbilical cord tissue. 

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Tissue type that includes, but is not limited to, valved conduits, non-valved conduits, aortoiliac grafts, and patch grafts. 


Viable cells that are autologous or allogeneic, committed or uncommitted, and non-expanded. 

Dura Mater

A type of soft tissue that includes the pachymeninx (thick, membranous) tissue covering the brain. 


Tissue type that includes, but is not limited to, bone and cartilage, and soft tissue such as tendon, ligament, nerve, fascia, pericardium, peritoneal membrane, adipose, and dura mater. 

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Non-Transplant Anatomical Material (NAM)

Whole body or parts of the body, donated for use in education and/or research that has been fully prepared, enclosed in its final container, labeled, and released to distribution inventory. NAM is not to be used for transplantation or therapy. 


Any tissue from the reproductive tract intended for use in assisted reproductive technology procedures. This includes, but is not limited to: oocytes, ovarian tissue, embryos, semen, spermatozoa, spermatids, testicular tissue, and epididymal tissue. 

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A membranous soft tissue type that includes but is not limited to epidermis and dermis. 

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Surgical Bone

Any bone from a living donor for allogeneic use such as a femoral head removed during surgery. 


Tissue type that includes but is not limited to arterial grafts and vein grafts.

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