Definition for CAR'TIL-AGE

CAR'TIL-AGE, n. [L. cartilago; Fr. cartilage. I suspect this and the English gristle to be the same word; the r being transposed, cartil for cratil.]

Gristle; a smooth, solid, elastic substance, softer than bone, of a pearly color and homogeneous texture, without cells or cavities. It is invested with a particular membrane called perichondrium, which in the articular cartilages, is a reflexion of the synovial membrane. – Cyc. Wistar.

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