cartilaginous skeleton


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cartilaginous skeleton

Etymology: L, cartilago + Gk, skeletos, dried up
the parts of the skeleton that are formed by cartilage.

cartilaginous skeleton

The part of the skeleton formed by cartilage; in the adult, the cartilage of the ribs and joints. Cartilage is more flexible and resistant to resorption due to pressure than bone.
See also: skeleton