Definitions for cartilageˈkɑr tl ɪdʒ, ˈkɑrt lɪdʒ
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
car•ti•lageˈkɑr tl ɪdʒ, ˈkɑrt lɪdʒ(n.)
a firm, elastic, whitish type of connective tissue; gristle.
Category: Anatomy, Zoology
a part or structure composed of cartilage.
Category: Anatomy, Zoology
Origin of cartilage:
1350–1400; ME (< MF) < L cartilāgō gristle
tough elastic tissue; mostly converted to bone in adults
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.
Origin: From cartilage, from cartilago.
a translucent, elastic tissue; gristle
Cartilage is a flexible connective tissue found in many areas in the bodies of humans and other animals, including the joints between bones, the rib cage, the ear, the nose, the bronchial tubes and the intervertebral discs. It is not as hard and rigid as bone but is stiffer and less flexible than muscle. Cartilage is composed of specialized cells called chondroblasts that produce a large amount of extracellular matrix composed of collagen fibers, abundant ground substance rich in proteoglycan, and elastin fibers. Cartilage is classified in three types, elastic cartilage, hyaline cartilage and fibrocartilage, which differ in the relative amounts of these three main components. Chondroblasts that get caught in the matrix are called chondrocytes. They lie in spaces called lacunae with up to eight chondrocytes per lacuna. Unlike other connective tissues, cartilage does not contain blood vessels. The chondrocytes are supplied by diffusion, helped by the pumping action generated by compression of the articular cartilage or flexion of the elastic cartilage. Thus, compared to other connective tissues, cartilage grows and repairs more slowly.
U.S. National Library of Medicine
A non-vascular form of connective tissue composed of CHONDROCYTES embedded in a matrix that includes CHONDROITIN SULFATE and various types of FIBRILLAR COLLAGEN. There are three major types: HYALINE CARTILAGE; FIBROCARTILAGE; and ELASTIC CARTILAGE.
Translations for cartilage
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a firm elastic substance found in the bodies of men and animals.
- cartilagemPortuguese (BR)
- der KnorpelGerman
- tulang rawanIndonesian
- كر پندوكى (غضروف)، تنكى هډوكى چه ورو ور په كلك هډو كى اوړىPashto
- kıkırdak, kıkırdak dokuTurkish
- 軟骨Chinese (Trad.)
- ہڈی، مُرمُری ہڈی ، کُرکُری ہڈیUrdu
- 软骨Chinese (Simp.)
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