cartilage

noun
car·​ti·​lage | \ ˈkär-tə-lij , ˈkärt-lij\

Definition of cartilage

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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Export manager Ernest Xargayo said sales of pig’s feet, heads, cartilage and other byproducts to China are important to Costa Brava’s growth plans. Lucy Craymer, WSJ, "America Struggles to Take Its Pigs to World’s Biggest Market," 18 Oct. 2018 Godzilla's cartilage would be about 12 times stronger than a human's, preventing his knees from exploding like overripe tomatoes—and making him the envy of basketball players everywhere. Danielle Venton, Popular Mechanics, "The Impossible Anatomy of Godzilla," 14 May 2014 There are biological cartilage substitutes for knees as well. Laura Johannes, WSJ, "Synthetic Materials Can Replace Cartilage in Your Aching Joints," 16 Sep. 2018 Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate: Glucosamine is an amino sugar, and cartilage naturally contains chondroitin sulfate. Shelby Deering, Country Living, "Ask a Country Vet: How Can I Keep My Sporting Dog Healthy and Happy?," 11 Sep. 2018 Runner’s knee can often lead to chondromalacia, a condition that develops when the cartilage under the kneecap becomes rough with repeated wear and tear. SELF, "How to Know When It’s Safe to Run Through Knee Pain and When You Need to Stop," 7 Dec. 2018 Finding teeth are important for understanding how ancient sharks lived, as the majority of their bodies are made up of cartilage, which unlike bones, does not fossilize. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "Mega-shark teeth dating back 25 million years discovered at Australian beach," 2 Oct. 2018 Osteoarthritis is a condition in which the cartilage on the ends of your bones gradually wears down over time, which causes pain, joint stiffness, and narrowing of the spine that sometimes results in spinal stenosis. Korin Miller, SELF, "New York Mets Player David Wright Announced He's Retiring Due to Spinal Stenosis," 4 Oct. 2018 After insertion, the Cartiva cartilage protrudes slightly from the metatarsal bone at the base of the big toe. Laura Johannes, WSJ, "Synthetic Materials Can Replace Cartilage in Your Aching Joints," 16 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of cartilage

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cartilage

Middle English, from Latin cartilagin-, cartilago

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cartilage

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cartilage

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

cartilage

noun
car·​ti·​lage | \ ˈkär-tə-lij \

Kids Definition of cartilage

: tough flexible tissue that makes up most of the skeleton of vertebrates during early development and except for in a few places in the body (as the nose or outer ear) is replaced by bone

cartilage

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

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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