A cell that has secreted the matrix of cartilage and become embedded in it.
- Microscopic examination revealed nodules of hyaline cartilage with chondrocytes arranged in a clustering pattern.
- It is essentially composed of a type II collagen sponge supported by water held in place by proteoglycans produced by the chondrocytes embedded in the matrix.
- Epiphyseal cartilages showed huge chondrocytes, frequently with intracytoplasmic vacuoles.
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