Cartilage is the strong but bendable tissue found in various parts of your body, such as the joints. Your outer ear is made of cartilage, which is why you can pull on and bend it.

Whenever you run or jump, thank your cartilage. It's the strong but stretchy tissue that supports your joints so you don't just fall to the ground in a heap. Cartilage also gives your nose its shape. And when you have a cold, you can blow that nose forcefully without hurting it because your cartilage also supports your honker.

Definitions of cartilage

n tough elastic tissue; mostly converted to bone in adults

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meniscus, semilunar cartilage
(anatomy) a disk of cartilage that serves as a cushion between the ends of bones that meet at a joint
cartilage that is largely composed of fibers like those in ordinary connective tissue
hyaline cartilage
translucent cartilage that is common in joints and the respiratory passages; forms most of the fetal skeleton
arytaenoid, arytenoid, arytenoid cartilage
either of two small cartilages at the back of the larynx to which the vocal folds are attached
Adam's apple, thyroid cartilage
the largest cartilage of the larynx
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animal tissue
the tissue in the bodies of animals

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