is a dense network of collagen fibers and elastic fibers firmly embedded in chondroitin
sulfate, a gel-like component of ground substance.
-Can endure a lot of stress, it strength is due to its collagen fibers, and its resilience
(ability to assume original shape after deformation) is due to chondroitin sulfate.
mature cartilage cells found in the spaces called lacunae in extracellular matrix
Covering of dense irregular connective tissue that surrounds the cartilage.
It is composed of 2 layers: (1) outer fibrous layer-consists of collagen fibers, blood
vessels, and fibroblasts
(2) inner cellular layer-consists of cells involved in growth of cartilage Cartilage does not have blood vessels or nerves, except in perichondrium. Because
cartilage secretes and antiangiogenesis, a substance that prevents blood vessel
growth (no blood supply).
1. Hyaline cartilage
DESCRIPTION- consist of bluish white, shiny, ground substance with thin, fine collagen
fibers and many chondrocytes; most abundant type of cartilage
LOCATION- Ends of lo