|cartilage (ˈkɑːtɪlɪdʒ, ˈkɑːtlɪdʒ)|
|Nontechnical name: gristle a tough elastic tissue composing most of the embryonic skeleton of vertebrates. In the adults of higher vertebrates it is mostly converted into bone, remaining only on the articulating ends of bones, in the thorax, trachea, nose, and ears|
|[C16: from Latin cartilāgō]|
cartilaginous car·ti·lag·i·nous (kär'tl-āj'ə-nəs)
Having a skeleton consisting primarily of cartilage.
Having the texture of cartilage.