Fibroblast is a type of cell that synthesizes extracellular matrix and collagen, which form the basic framework structure of biological connective tissue in animals and play an important role in tissue repair. As well as being present as fibroblasts, these cells exist in an alternative state, as fibrocytes. Fibroblast is the term used to describe these cells when they are in an activated state. Fibrocyte refers to a state in which cells are less active. The morphology of fibroblasts depends on their function and site of action. Fibroblasts extracted from a particular location can "remember" their original location and function when transplanted to another location in the body.