Definition of cartilaginous in English:

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cartilaginous

Pronunciation: /ˌkärdlˈajənəs/

adjective

Anatomy
1(Of a structure) made of cartilage.
Example sentences
  • It is formed by cartilaginous, bony and connective tissue structures.
  • The human larynx is composed of cartilaginous tissue that early in adulthood progressively undergoes ossification.
  • There are three types of joints, fibrous, cartilaginous, and synovial.
1.1 Zoology (Of a vertebrate animal) having a skeleton of cartilage.
Example sentences
  • Since sturgeons and paddlefish have lost many traits of most bony fish - they lack scales and have a cartilaginous skeleton - their fossil records are very sparse.
  • The freshwater sawfish, a ray, is related to stingrays, skates, sharks, and other fishes with cartilaginous skeletons.
  • This property (among others) allows the tail to be light and flexible, yet stiff enough to generate thrust in the absence of a bony or cartilaginous skeleton.

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French, or from Latin cartilaginosus, from cartilago, cartilagin- 'cartilage'.

Words that rhyme with cartilaginous

farraginous, oleaginous

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: car·ti·lag·i·nous

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