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Definition of cartilaginous

: composed of, relating to, or resembling cartilage The external nose has a cartilaginous framework.

Examples of cartilaginous in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The fish do not have bones but instead are cartilaginous, meaning their bodies are riddled with stiff armor-like plates and bone-like cartilage, Gizmodo reports. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 Feb. 2022 Recent investigations into shark vision have expanded scientists’ understanding of how the cartilaginous predators see their environment: probably in grayscale and with a minimal ability to see detail. Sabrina Imbler, New York Times, 27 Oct. 2021 And while fossilized shark skeletons are hard to come by due to their cartilaginous skeletons, their teeth and dermal denticles (scales) are a bit more common. Melissa Cristina Márquez, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 These creatures don't leave behind bones, but rather calcified fragments of their cartilaginous vertebrae and an occasional tooth. Lina Zeldovich, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 May 2021 Ordinarily, a frog that’s lost a leg will regrow a cartilaginous spike in its place. Matthew Hutson, The New Yorker, 3 May 2021 The cartilaginous ridges, troughs and protuberances of the outer ear also alter sound before it is transduced into nerve signals. The Economist, 16 Dec. 2020 Strips of black fungus trailed out of the meatballs, giving them a cartilaginous crunch. Soleil Ho,, 10 Dec. 2020 Those sandwiches, with their rib-sticking meatiness and gentle cartilaginous crunch, fed the Freedom Riders, fed blues musicians, and have been feeding this neighborhood ever since. Matt Goulding, The Atlantic, 19 June 2020 See More

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First Known Use of cartilaginous

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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Kids Definition of cartilaginous

: relating to or made of cartilage Cartilaginous tissue is found in the outer ear and the nose.


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Medical Definition of cartilaginous

: composed of, relating to, or resembling cartilage

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