cartilage

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car·ti·lage

noun \ˈkär-tə-lij, ˈkärt-lij\

: a strong but flexible material found in some parts of the body (such as the nose, the outer ear, and some joints)

Full Definition of CARTILAGE

1
:  a usually translucent somewhat elastic tissue that composes most of the skeleton of vertebrate embryos and except for a small number of structures (as some joints, respiratory passages, and the external ear) is replaced by bone during ossification in the higher vertebrates
2
:  a part or structure composed of cartilage

Examples of CARTILAGE

  1. She fell and damaged some cartilage in her knee.

Origin of CARTILAGE

Middle English, from Latin cartilagin-, cartilago
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Anatomy Terms

bilateral symmetry, carotid, dorsal, entrails, prehensile, renal, solar plexus, supine, thoracic, ventral

car·ti·lage

noun \ˈkärt-əl-ij, ˈkärt-lij\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of CARTILAGE

1
: a usually translucent somewhat elastic tissue that composes most of the skeleton of vertebrate embryos and except for a small number of structures (as some joints, respiratory passages, and the external ear) is replaced by bone during ossification in the higher vertebrates
2
: a part or structure composed of cartilage

cartilage

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Connective tissue in parts of the human skeleton. A network of collagen fibres in a firm, gelatinous base, it contains no blood vessels or nerves. Different types of cartilage are found at the ends of some bones and in nasal and respiratory structures; in the spinal disks; and in the ear and epiglottis (back of the throat). Most of the skeleton of an embryo is made of cartilage, which is later replaced by bone.

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