hyaline cartilage

noun

: translucent bluish-white cartilage with the cells embedded in an apparently homogeneous matrix present in joints and respiratory passages and forming most of the fetal skeleton

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In infants, hyaline cartilage, which is less elastic, serves as the stand-in for bone. Popular Science, 4 Feb. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1855, in the meaning defined above

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“Hyaline cartilage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hyaline%20cartilage. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition

hyaline cartilage

noun
: translucent bluish white cartilage consisting of cells embedded in an apparently homogeneous matrix, present in joints and respiratory passages, and forming most of the fetal skeleton

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