Definition of cartilage noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

cartilage

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈkɑːtɪlɪdʒ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːrtɪlɪdʒ//
 
[uncountable, countable]
 
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the strong white tissue that is important in support and especially in joints to prevent the bones rubbing against each other I’ve damaged the cartilage in my knee. Word Origin late Middle English: from French, from Latin cartilago, cartilagin-.
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