cartilaginous

Part of speech: adjective

Gristly; having a gristly skeleton, as sharks.

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Usage examples "cartilaginous":

  1. " Gentlemen," cried the surgeon in a voice as hard and brisk as his manner, " we have here an interesting case of tumour of the parotid, originally cartilaginous but now assuming malignant characteristics, and therefore requiring excision. - "Round the Red Lamp Being Facts and Fancies of Medical Life", Arthur Conan Doyle.
  2. Gelatine is also found in the bones, the soft and the cartilaginous parts. - "The Physiology of Taste", Brillat Savarin.
  3. State what effect a falling down of the eleventh and twelfth ribs on both sides of the spine with their cartilaginous points turned inward and down; if they should draw the diaphragm down and across your body? - "Philosophy of Osteopathy", Andrew T. Still.