What does cartilaginous mean?

Definitions for cartilaginous
ˌkɑr tlˈædʒ ə nəscar·ti·lagi·nous

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cartilaginousadjective

    of or relating to cartilage

  2. cartilaginous, gristly, rubberyadjective

    difficult to chew


  1. cartilaginousadjective

    Comprising of soft cartilage rather than bones.

    Cartilaginous fish such as the angler fish have a skeletal structure made up of cartilage.

  2. cartilaginousadjective

    Related to or resembling cartilage

  3. cartilaginousadjective

    Having a tough or fibrous texture, usually in reference to a mushroom stipe

  4. Etymology: cartilaginosus: compare cartilagineux.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Cartilagineous, Cartilaginousnoun

    Consisting of cartilages.

    Etymology: from cartilage.

    By what artifice the cartilagineous kind of fishes poise themselves, ascend and descend at pleasure, and continue in what depth of water they list, is as yet unknown. John Ray.

    The larynx gives passage to the breath, and, as the breath passeth through the rimula, makes a vibration of those cartilaginous bodies, which forms that breath into a vocal sound or voice. William Holder, Elements of Speech.


  1. cartilaginous

    Cartilage is a resilient and smooth type of connective tissue. In tetrapods, it covers and protects the ends of long bones at the joints as articular cartilage, and is a structural component of many body parts including the rib cage, the neck and the bronchial tubes, and the intervertebral discs. In other taxa, such as chondrichthyans, but also in cyclostomes, it may constitute a much greater proportion of the skeleton. It is not as hard and rigid as bone, but it is much stiffer and much less flexible than muscle. The matrix of cartilage is made up of glycosaminoglycans, proteoglycans, collagen fibers and, sometimes, elastin. Because of its rigidity, cartilage often serves the purpose of holding tubes open in the body. Examples include the rings of the trachea, such as the cricoid cartilage and carina. Cartilage is composed of specialized cells called chondrocytes that produce a large amount of collagenous extracellular matrix, abundant ground substance that is rich in proteoglycan and elastin fibers. Cartilage is classified in three types, elastic cartilage, hyaline cartilage and fibrocartilage, which differ in relative amounts of collagen and proteoglycan. Cartilage does not contain blood vessels or nerves. Some fibrocartilage such as the meniscus of the knee does however have blood supply in part. Nutrition is supplied to the chondrocytes by diffusion. The compression of the articular cartilage or flexion of the elastic cartilage generates fluid flow, which assists the diffusion of nutrients to the chondrocytes. Compared to other connective tissues, cartilage has a very slow turnover of its extracellular matrix and is documented to repair at only a very slow rate relative to other tissues.


  1. cartilaginous

    Cartilaginous refers to something composed of or characterized by cartilage, a type of flexible connective tissue that's found in many areas of the body, including joints, the ears, and the nose. This term is commonly used in biology, medicine, and anatomy to describe structures or animals like sharks and rays which have bodies composed mainly of cartilage.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cartilaginousadjective

    of or pertaining to cartilage; gristly; firm and tough like cartilage

  2. Cartilaginousadjective

    having the skeleton in the state of cartilage, the bones containing little or no calcareous matter; said of certain fishes, as the sturgeon and the sharks

  3. Etymology: [L. cartilaginosus: cf. F. cartilagineux.]


  1. Cartilaginous

    of the consistency of cartilage or gristle.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cartilaginous in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cartilaginous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of cartilaginous in a Sentence

  1. Adam Hartstone-Rose:

    The pseudothumb is definitely more than just a nub, it has both a bone and cartilaginous extension and three distinct muscles that move it. The pseudothumb can wriggle in space and exert an amount of force equivalent to almost half the aye-ayes body weight. So it would be quite useful for gripping.

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