Medical Dictionary


noun car·ti·lage \ˈkärt-əl-ij, ˈkärt-lij\

Medical Definition of CARTILAGE

:  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
:  a part or structure composed of cartilage
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