Connective Tissue: Cartilage

by Geoffrey Meyer, PhD

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    In this lecture, I am going to talk to you about cartilage. Cartilage is a very specialized connective tissue. And when we go through this lecture, make sure you can understand the following characteristics of cartilage. There are three types of cartilage and those three types of cartilage have differences structurally. And those differences affect the function of those cartilages perform in the body. So you should know those differences and you should also know about the matrix components of cartilage. I covered the basic matrix components in a general lecture on connective tissue earlier. Cartilage has a capsule around it called the perichondrium. And during this lecture, I will explain to you the role it has in enabling cartilage to grow, but has limited capacity for allowing cartilage to repair itself. Finally, we will go through the process of how cartilage does grow. When we think about the function of cartilage, then we need to understand that it is designed particularly to bear stresses in the body at joints. But it also forms the skeleton during our fetal development and that skeleton is going to be involved with the growth of bones and I am going to cover the growth of bones in a later lecture. Cartilage also, in certain locations, provides components of body with flexibility and again I will demonstrate the structural components that allow that flexibility. So like we should address when we look at all sorts of tissues, it is very important that we ask the first question and that is what are the characteristics of that tissue or that organ system. So again in this lecture, let us look at the characteristics of cartilage. Well, it is avascular. That means it does not have a direct blood supply. So when you look at a...

    About the Lecture

    The lecture Connective Tissue: Cartilage by Geoffrey Meyer, PhD is from the course Connective Tissue. It contains the following chapters:

    • Cartilage
    • There are 3 types of cartilages
    • Does cartilage grow and can it be repaired?

    Author of lecture Connective Tissue: Cartilage

     Geoffrey Meyer, PhD

    Geoffrey Meyer, PhD

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