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[kahr-tl-aj-uh-nuh s]
  1. of or resembling cartilage.
  2. having a skeleton composed either entirely or mainly of cartilage, as vertebrates of the class Chondrichthyes, which includes the sharks, rays, and skates.
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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
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Examples from the Web for cartilaginous

Historical Examples of cartilaginous

  • The stem is cartilaginous and continuous with the pileus, but of a different texture.

    The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise

    M. E. Hard

  • Then it spreads and attacks the cartilaginous portions of the body.

    Jesus the Christ

    James Edward Talmage

  • Thin, cartilaginous babies that stretch when they are lifted.

  • The cartilaginous fishes include the Sharks, Dogfishes, and Rays.

    The Sea Shore

    William S. Furneaux

  • The methods with cartilaginous fishes will be considered later.

Word Origin and History for cartilaginous


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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

cartilaginous in Medicine


  1. Chondral.
  2. Having a skeleton consisting primarily of cartilage.
  3. Having the texture of cartilage.
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