Tissue: The Living Fabric
Amorphous but firm matrix;
collagen fibers form an imperceptible network;
chondroblasts produce the matrix and when
mature (chondrocytes) lie in lacunae.
Supports and reinforces; serves as
resilient cushion; resists compressive stress.
Forms most of the embryonic
skeleton; covers the ends of long bones in
joint cavities; forms costal cartilages of the
ribs; cartilages of the nose, trachea, and
Hyaline cartilage from a costal cartilage
of a rib (470
Cartilage. (For related images, see
A Brief Atlas of the
, Plates 17 and 18.)
Similar to hyaline cartilage, but
more elastic fibers in matrix.
Maintains the shape of a structure
while allowing great flexibility.
Supports the external ear
Elastic cartilage from the human ear pinna;
forms the flexible skeleton of the ear (800