from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A translucent, elastic tissue; gristle.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A non-vascular animal tissue belonging to the connective-tissue group; gristle.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. tough elastic tissue; mostly converted to bone in adults
Middle English, from Old French, from Latin cartilāgō, cartilāgin-.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French cartilage, from Latin cartilāgo. (Wiktionary)