Definitions for: Cartilage


[n] tough elastic tissue; mostly converted to bone in adults



Webster (1913) Definition: Car"ti*lage, n. [L. cartilago; cf. F. cartilage.]
(Anat.)
A translucent, elastic tissue; gristle.

Note: Cartilage contains no vessels, and consists of a
homogeneous, intercellular matrix, in which there are
numerous minute cavities, or capsules, containing
protoplasmic cells, the cartilage corpuscul. See Illust
under Duplication.

Articular cartilage, cartilage that lines the joints.

Cartilage bone (Anat.), any bone formed by the ossification
of cartilage.

Costal cartilage, cartilage joining a rib with he sternum.
See Illust. of Thorax.

Synonyms: gristle

See Also: Adam's apple, animal tissue, arytaenoid, arytenoid, arytenoid cartilage, cartilaginous structure, collagen, fibrocartilage, ground substance, hyaline cartilage, intercellular substance, matrix, meniscus, thyroid cartilage

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