Cartilage - Cartilage Qualities intermediate between dense...

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Cartilage: Qualities intermediate between dense connective tissue and bone. Tough yet flexible. Avascular. Devoid of nerve fibers.Firm matrix prevents cell movement. hyaline cartilage - "gristle" Most widely distributed cartilage type. Provides firm support with some pliability. Covers the end of long bones, supports the tip of the nose, connects the ribs to the sternum, forms most of the larynx and supporting cartilages of the trachea and bronchial tubes. elastic cartilage - Similar to hyaline cartilage. Supports external ear and epiglottis. fibrocartilage - Matrix is similar but less firm than in hyaline cartilage. Located in intravertebral discs, pubic symphysis, and discs of knee joints. Bone: Has a rocklike hardness and an exceptional ability to support and protect softer tissues. Provides cavities for fat storage and synthesis of blood cells. Has an added matrix element - calcium salts Blood: Considered a connective tissue because it consists of blood cells, surrounded by a nonliving fluid matrix called plasma. The fibers are soluble protein molecules (clotting proteins).
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