cartilage

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

Definition of cartilage

  1. 1 :  a usually translucent (see translucent 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. 2 :  a part or structure composed of cartilage

Examples of cartilage in a sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of cartilage

Middle English, from Latin cartilagin-, cartilago


First Known Use: 15th century


CARTILAGE Defined for English Language Learners

cartilage

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

Definition of cartilage for English Language Learners

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


CARTILAGE Defined for Kids

cartilage

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noun car·ti·lage \ˈkär-tə-lij\

Definition of cartilage for Students

  1. :  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


Medical Dictionary

cartilage

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

Medical Definition of cartilage

  1. 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. 2:  a part or structure composed of cartilage



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