chon·​dro·​cyte ˈkän-drə-ˌsīt How to pronounce chondrocyte (audio)
: a cartilage cell

Examples of chondrocyte in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These modifications resulted in significant improvement in the efficiency of chondrocyte growth and ultimately cartilage tissue formation. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 25 Oct. 2021 These mice had a lack of a chondrocyte surface protein called the A2A adenosine receptor that brings the adenosine signal inside the cells. Bradley J. Fikes,, 11 May 2017 But in the rats, periodic adenosine injections protected chondrocytes, the cells that make cartilage, said Bruce Cronstein, M.D., the study’s senior investigator. Bradley J. Fikes,, 11 May 2017

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'chondrocyte.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History


borrowed from French, from chondro- chondro- + -cyte -cyte

First Known Use

1903, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chondrocyte was in 1903

Dictionary Entries Near chondrocyte

Cite this Entry

“Chondrocyte.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition


chon·​dro·​cyte ˈkän-drə-ˌsīt, -drō- How to pronounce chondrocyte (audio)
: a cartilage cell

More from Merriam-Webster on chondrocyte

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!