What does the word cartilaginous mean?

    Part of speech: adjective

  • Gristly; having a gristly skeleton, as sharks.

Usage examples for 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 by Arthur Conan Doyle
  2. Gelatine is also found in the bones, the soft and the cartilaginous parts. – The Physiology of Taste by 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 by Andrew T. Still