cartilage

noun

car·​ti·​lage ˈkär-tə-lij How to pronounce cartilage (audio)
ˈkärt-lij
1
: a usually translucent (see translucent sense 1) somewhat elastic tissue that composes most of the skeleton of vertebrate embryos and except for a small number of structures (such 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 in a Sentence

She fell and damaged some cartilage in her knee.
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Word History

Etymology

Middle English, from Latin cartilagin-, cartilago

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cartilage was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Cartilage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cartilage. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

cartilage

noun
car·​ti·​lage ˈkärt-ᵊl-ij How to pronounce cartilage (audio)
ˈkärt-lij
1
: an elastic tissue which composes most of the skeleton of the vertebrate embryo and much of which is changed to bone later in life
2
: a part or structure composed of cartilage

Medical Definition

cartilage

noun
car·​ti·​lage ˈkärt-ᵊl-ij, ˈkärt-lij How to pronounce cartilage (audio)
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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