from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Cartilage that contains numerous thick bundles of collagen fibers.
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- n. A tough form of cartilage that has a matrix of dense bundles of fibres
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A kind of cartilage with a fibrous matrix and approaching fibrous connective tissue in structure.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A tissue resembling cartilage, but differing from it in that the intercellular substance becomes fibrillated.
- n. A part of fibrocartilaginous tissue; any individual plate, disk, or other piece of fibrocartilage lying in or about a joint.
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- n. cartilage that is largely composed of fibers like those in ordinary connective tissue
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However, while scar tissue, called fibrocartilage, fills the area where the cartilage is missing, it does not have the same strength and resiliency as normal articular cartilage.
The fibrocartilage skeleton and related structures of the ventral pouch of balaenopterid whales.
The fibers in fibrocartilage give it its toughness, and the cartilage part gives it its flexibility.
It is regarded as a rudimentary intervertebral fibrocartilage, and in it traces of the notochord may persist.
The jugular notch is in the same horizontal plane as the lower border of the body of the second thoracic vertebra; the sternal angle is at the level of the fifth thoracic vertebra, while the junction between the body and xiphoid process of the sternum corresponds to the fibrocartilage between the ninth and tenth thoracic vertebræ.
The Articular Disk (discus articularis; interarticular fibrocartilage; articular meniscus) (Fig. 311).
In three-fourths of a large number of cases, the aorta bifurcated either upon the fourth lumbar vertebra, or upon the fibrocartilage between it and the fifth; the bifurcation being, in one case out of nine, below, and in one out of eleven, above this point.
Behind, it is separated from the bodies of the fourth and fifth lumbar vertebræ, and the intervening fibrocartilage, by the terminations of the two common iliac veins and the commencement of the inferior vena cava.
They diverge from the termination of the aorta, pass downward and lateralward, and divide, opposite the intervertebral fibrocartilage between the last lumbar vertebra and the sacrum, into two branches, the external iliac and hypogastric arteries; the former supplies the lower extremity; the latter, the viscera and parietes of the pelvis.
It rests on the bodies of the fourth and fifth lumbar vertebræ, and the intervening fibrocartilage.