name: extracellular matrix component
def: "Any constituent part of the extracellular matrix, the structure lying external to one or more cells, which provides structural support for cells or tissues; may be completely external to the cell (as in animals) or be part of the cell (as often seen in plants)." [GOC:jl]
comment: Note that this term is in the subset of terms that should not be used for direct gene product annotation. Instead, select a child term or, if no appropriate child term exists, please request a new term. Direct annotations to this term may be amended during annotation QC.
synonym: "extracellular matrix part" EXACT 
is_a: GO:0044421 ! extracellular region part
relationship: part_of: GO:0031012 ! extracellular matrix
intersection_of: GO:0005575 ! cellular_component
intersection_of: part_of GO:0031012 ! extracellular matrix
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