• WordNet 3.6
    • adj cartilaginous difficult to chew
    • adj cartilaginous of or relating to cartilage
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Cartilaginous (Zoöl) Having the skeleton in the state of cartilage, the bones containing little or no calcareous matter; said of certain fishes, as the sturgeon and the sharks.
    • Cartilaginous Of or pertaining to cartilage; gristly; firm and tough like cartilage.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • cartilaginous Gristly; consisting of cartilage; being in the state or form of cartilage.
    • cartilaginous In ichthyology, having a gristly skeleton; chondropterygian: as, a cartilaginous fish.
    • cartilaginous Like or likened to cartilage. Specifically —
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Cartilaginous pertaining to or consisting of cartilage, gristly
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. cartilaginosus,: cf. F. cartilagineux,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. cartilago; cog. with crates, Gr. kartalos.


In literature:

Cartilaginous: of the consistency of cartilage or gristle.
"Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology" by John. B. Smith
He then cuts out a piece of the cartilaginous rings, about two inches long and about half an inch wide.
"Cattle and Their Diseases" by Robert Jennings
The nasal chambers are completely separated, the right from the left, by a cartilaginous partition, the nasal septum.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
The nasal fossae are situated on either side of the median partition formed by the vomer and cartilaginous nasal septum.
"Surgical Anatomy" by Joseph Maclise
We have seen how the spinal cord first appears as a tube in the axis of the back, and the cartilaginous column closes round it.
"The World's Greatest Books - Volume 15 - Science" by Various
A cartilaginous fish allied to the rays, furnished with electrical organs, by means of which it is able to give powerful shocks.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
The stem is cartilaginous, hollow or stuffed.
"Studies of American Fungi. Mushrooms, Edible, Poisonous, etc." by George Francis Atkinson
The semilunar valves of the pulmonary artery and aorta were unusually small, and their bases cartilaginous.
"Cases of Organic Diseases of the Heart" by John Collins Warren
The sharks and rays, with cartilaginous skeletons.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
The stem differs in substance from the pileus, cartilaginous or has a cartilaginous cuticle, while the inside is stuffed or hollow.
"The Mushroom, Edible and Otherwise" by M. E. Hard
The coagula were numerous, and the superficial ones, quite hard and cartilaginous.
"North American Medical and Surgical Journal, Vol. 2, No. 3, July, 1826" by Various
In the Cartilaginous fishes there is only one bone connecting the jaws with the skull on each side.
"Dragons of the Air" by H. G. Seeley
This primary skull is at first cartilaginous, as in sharks.
"Degeneracy" by Eugene S. Talbot
The Sphaerococcidae include both membranaceous and cartilaginous species.
"Sea-Weeds, Shells and Fossils" by Peter Gray
The lateral cornua are broad, flat, cartilaginous lateral extensions from the bases of the anterior cornua.
"Neotropical Hylid Frogs, Genus Smilisca" by William E. Duellman
The cartilaginous processes are of the same proportions as ossified processes in the figure mentioned.
"The Baculum in Microtine Rodents" by Sydney Anderson
The keel-shaped piece, situated in front of the sternum, is also cartilaginous.
"Artistic Anatomy of Animals" by Édouard Cuyer
The intercellular substance of cartilaginous tumors also becomes softened and converted into a liquid containing mucin.
"A System of Practical Medicine by American Authors, Vol. I" by Various
Involucre oblong or club-shaped, imbricated, cartilaginous.
"The Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States" by Asa Gray
Tongue long, extensible, terminated by cartilaginous fibres.
"Zoological Illustrations, Volume I" by William Swainson

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Synovial chondromatosis is a rare pathology of unknown etiology characterized by multinodular cartilaginous proliferation in the synovium .