- a firm, elastic, flexible type of connective tissue of a translucent whitish or yellowish color; gristle.
- a part or structure composed of cartilage.
Origin of cartilage
Examples from the Web for cartilage
Cartilage in his left knee tore, and everything changed for both Webber and the Kings.Did NBA Referees Snatch Destiny From The Sacramento Kings?
June 6, 2012
A hole developed, which had actually been caused by a breaking of a band of cartilage at the front of his hip joint.Football's Bloodiest Secret
October 28, 2009
The supraoccipital is formed in cartilage above the exoccipitals.Form and Function
E. S. (Edward Stuart) Russell
The nostrils open at the sides, and are separated by a wide piece of cartilage.The Western World
Gelatine is obtained from the bones, cartilage, and skin of animals.Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Household Management
Ministry of Education
It was a bone, as large as a finger, passed through the cartilage.
Their teeth appeared to have been filed, and the cartilage of the nose pierced.
- a tough elastic tissue composing most of the embryonic skeleton of vertebrates. In the adults of higher vertebrates it is mostly converted into bone, remaining only on the articulating ends of bones, in the thorax, trachea, nose, and earsNontechnical name: gristle
Word Origin and History for cartilage
early 15c., from Middle French cartilage (16c.) and directly from Latin cartilaginem (nominative cartilago) "cartilage, gristle," possibly related to Latin crates "wickerwork."
- A tough, elastic, fibrous connective tissue that is a major constituent of embryonic and young vertebrate skeletons, is converted largely to bone with maturation, and is found in various parts of the adult body, such as the joints, outer ear, and larynx.
- A strong, flexible connective tissue that is found in various parts of the body, including the joints, the outer ear, and the larynx. During the embryonic development of most vertebrates, the skeleton forms as cartilage before most of it hardens into bone. In cartilaginous fish, the mature fish retains a skeleton made of cartilage.