[kahr-tl-aj-uh-nuh s]


of or resembling cartilage.
having a skeleton composed either entirely or mainly of cartilage, as vertebrates of the class Chondrichthyes, which includes the sharks, rays, and skates.

Origin of cartilaginous

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin cartilāginōsus, equivalent to cartilāgin- (stem of cartilāgō) cartilage + -ōsus -ous
Related formsin·ter·car·ti·lag·i·nous, adjectivepost·car·ti·lag·i·nous, adjectivepre·car·ti·lag·i·nous, adjectivepseu·do·car·ti·lag·i·nous, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for cartilaginous

1540s, from French cartilagineux and directly from Latin cartilaginosus, from cartilago (genitive cartilaginis) "cartilage, gristle" (see cartilage).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

cartilaginous in Medicine




Having a skeleton consisting primarily of cartilage.
Having the texture of cartilage.
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