precartilaginous

cartilaginous

[kahr-tl-aj-uh-nuhs]
adjective
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.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin cartilāginōsus, equivalent to cartilāgin- (stem of cartilāgō) cartilage + -ōsus -ous

intercartilaginous, adjective
postcartilaginous, adjective
precartilaginous, adjective
pseudocartilaginous, adjective
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cartilaginous
1540s, from L. cartilaginosus, from cartilaginem (nom. cartilago) "cartilage, gristle."
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cartilaginous car·ti·lag·i·nous (kär'tl-āj'ə-nəs)
adj.

  1. Chondral.

  2. Having a skeleton consisting primarily of cartilage.

  3. Having the texture of cartilage.

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