American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A tough, elastic, fibrous connective tissue found in various parts of the body, such as the joints, outer ear, and larynx. A major constituent of the embryonic and young vertebrate skeleton, it is converted largely to bone with maturation.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A non-vascular animal tissue belonging to the connective-tissue group; gristle. Typical hyaline cartilage is a translucent substance, of firm elastic consistence, constructed of roundish cells embedded in a nearly homogeneous intercellular substance. Fibrocartilage differs in that the intercellular substance becomes fibrillated; it thus approaches ordinary connective tissue. Reticular, yellow, or elastic cartilage, as that constituting in man the epiglottis, the cornicula laryngis, the Eustachian tube, and gristly parts of the outer ear, contains interlacing elastic fibers in considerable quantity. In the two latter forms the homogeneous substance remains unchanged in the immediate vicinity of the cells, forming their hyaline capsules. Chondrin, a substance resembling gelatin, may lie extracted from cartilage by boiling. Cartilage usually persists in parts of the skeleton of adult vertebrates, as on the articular ends of bones, in the thorax, and in various passages which require to be kept open, as the windpipe, nostrils, and ears.
- n. 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Anat.) A translucent, elastic tissue; gristle.
- n. tough elastic tissue; mostly converted to bone in adults
- From French cartilage, from Latin cartilāgo. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Latin cartilāgō, cartilāgin-. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“At the summit of the cricoid cartilage, on each side, is a small piece of triangular shape, called the _arytenoid cartilage_.”
“Reconstructing the airway (larynx and trachea) using a portion of cartilage from the rib, ear or larynx.”
“Reconstructive surgical procedure in which a flap of tissue or cartilage is attached to tissues in the back of the airway.”
“But cartilage is notoriously hard to get healed, Cheng points out.”
“Boil with dish soap or borax until all the meat, cartilage is gone.”
“Two of the tentacles are atrophying and inside the other two, a kind of stiff cartilage is growing.”
“Over the past decade, our research has shown us that there are only two types of cells that do not allow the growth of blood vessels-those that are found within cartilage and the retina of the eye.”
“It is an important building block needed by the body to manufacture specialized molecules called glycosaminoglycans, found in cartilage.”
“Kenyon Martin, who just recently returned to full health after dealing with a bad back for a month, went to the locker room in the third quarter with what the team described as a cartilage strain in his left rib cage.”
“Nuggets forward Kenyon Martin, who recently returned to full health after dealing with a bad back for a month, went to the locker room in the third quarter with what the team described as a cartilage strain in his left rib cage.”
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