Definition of Cartilage

1. Noun. Tough elastic tissue; mostly converted to bone in adults.

Definition of Cartilage

1. n. A translucent, elastic tissue; gristle.

Definition of Cartilage

1. Noun. (anatomy) A type of dense, non-vascular connective tissue, usually found at the end of joints, the rib cage, the ear, the nose, in the throat and between intervertebral disks. ¹

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Definition of Cartilage

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Medical Definition of Cartilage

1. Connective tissue dominated by extracellular matrix containing collagen type II and large amounts of proteoglycan, particularly chondroitin sulphate. Cartilage is more flexible and compressible than bone and often serves as an early skeletal framework, becoming mineralised as the animal ages. Cartilage is produced by chondrocytes that come to lie in small lacunae surrounded by the matrix they have secreted. This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology (11 Mar 2008)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cartilage

cartes blanches
cartesian coordinate
cartesian coordinate system
cartesian nomogram
cartesian plane
cartesian product
cartilage (current term)
cartilage-hair hypoplasia
cartilage bone
cartilage capsule
cartilage cell
cartilage knife
cartilage lacuna
cartilage matrix
cartilage of acoustic meatus
cartilage of auditory tube
cartilage of ear
cartilage of nasal septum
cartilage of pharyngotympanic tube
cartilage space

Literary usage of Cartilage

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1. Anatomy: Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray (1897)
"Each cartilage is pyramidal in form, and presents for examination three surfaces, a base, ... The base of each cartilage is broad, and presents a concave ..."

2. Anatomy, Descriptive and Surgical by Henry Gray, Luther Holden (1878)
"It arises in front from the lower half of the receding angle of the thyroid cartilage, and from the crico-thyroid membrane. Its fibres pass horizontally ..."

3. Microscopical Morphology of the Animal Body in Health and Disease by Carl Heitzmann (1882)
"After many fruitless attempts, he found out a method of examination "l>! which ramifying cells in hyaline cartilage can be demonstrated, not only with case, ..."

4. Handbook of Physiology by William Dobinson Halliburton (1913)
"cartilage is popularly termed gristle. It may be divided into two chief kinds ... Section of articular cartilage, n, Group of two cells; b, group of four ..."

5. The Encyclopaedia Britannica: A Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General by Thomas Spencer Baynes (1888)
"The Hyaline cartilage consists of cells imbedded in a pellucid or hyaline matrix, which, under some conditions, however, may assume a dimly granulated ..."

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