Cartilage meaning

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The definition of cartilage is tough, whitish tissue that is almost fully replaced by bone as someone grows into an adult.

If you get the upper outer part of your ear pierced, the area that you pierce is an example of cartilage.

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A part or structure consisting of cartilage.
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Tough, elastic, whitish animal tissue; gristle: the skeletons of embryos and young animals are composed largely of cartilage, most of which later turns to bone.
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A tough, elastic, fibrous connective tissue that is a major constituent of the embryonic and young vertebrate skeleton and in most species is converted largely to bone with maturation. It is found in various parts of the human body, such as the joints, outer ear, and larynx.
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A tough, elastic, fibrous connective tissue that is a major constituent of the embryonic and young vertebrate skeleton and in most species is converted largely to bone with maturation. It is found in various parts of the human body, such as the joints, outer ear, and larynx.
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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.
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(anatomy) A type of dense, non-vascular connective tissue, usually found at the end of joints, the rib cage, the ear, the nose, in the throat and between intervertebral disks.
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Origin of cartilage

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin cartilāgō cartilāgin-

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French cartilage, from Latin cartilāgo.

    From Wiktionary