cartilage

[kahr-tl-ij, kahrt-lij]
See more synonyms for cartilage on Thesaurus.com
noun Anatomy, Zoology.
  1. a firm, elastic, flexible type of connective tissue of a translucent whitish or yellowish color; gristle.
  2. a part or structure composed of cartilage.

Origin of cartilage

1350–1400; Middle English (< Middle French) < Latin cartilāgō gristle
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for cartilage

cartilage, ossein

Examples from the Web for cartilage

Contemporary Examples of cartilage

Historical Examples of cartilage


British Dictionary definitions for cartilage

cartilage

noun
  1. 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
Derived Formscartilaginous (ˌkɑːtɪˈlædʒɪnəs), adjective

Word Origin for cartilage

C16: from Latin cartilāgō
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for cartilage
n.

early 15c., from Middle French cartilage (16c.) and directly from Latin cartilaginem (nominative cartilago) "cartilage, gristle," possibly related to Latin crates "wickerwork."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

cartilage in Medicine

cartilage

[kärtl-ĭj]
n.
  1. 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.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

cartilage in Science

cartilage

[kärtl-ĭj]
  1. 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.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

cartilage in Culture

cartilage

[(kahr-tl-ij)]

A kind of tough but elastic connective tissue that can withstand considerable pressure. It makes up portions of the skeletal system, such as the linings of the joints, where it cushions against shock. Cartilage is also found in other body structures, such as the nose and external ear.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.