cartilage


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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

   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.
         [1913 Webster]

   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.
      [1913 Webster]
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