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cartilage

noun car·ti·lage \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

cartilage

noun car·ti·lage \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
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