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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]