Cartilage

Definition
Is a connective tissue
The cells are called chondrocytes
cells embedded in a matrix of collagen and elastic fibres

Types
Hyaline cartilage
Fibrocartilage
Elastic fibrocartilage

Hyaline cartilage
Bluish white tissue
Chondrocytes found in small groups
Hyaline cartilage found in the joints, ribs, larynx, trachea, bronchi

Fibrocartilage
Chondrocytes in a matrix of dense masses of white fibres
It is tough and slightly flexible
fibrocartilage found in intervertebral discs, menisci of knee joint, labrum of hip joint and shoulder joint, ligaments joining bones

Elastic cartilage
The cells lie in a matrix of elastic fibres
Elastic cartilage founs in pinna of the ear, epiglottis, tunica media of vessels
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