Book One -- The things that sustain and support the entire body, and what braces and attaches them all. [the bones and the ligaments that interconnect them] | Chapter 2 The Nature, Use, and Varieties of Cartilage

Erectile cartilages

For the present it will suffice simply to explain the nature of cartilage in this way. It will not be inappropriate also to mention cartilages made so that anything in them needing to be constantly erect is strengthened. Of this kind are the cartilages [c. fibrosa] of the eyelids, called ta/rsoi [tarsus superior et inferior], 12 which hold up the cilia or hairs of the eyelids that do not fall over like other hairs; 13 such cartilages are like the hard, dry soil in which trees are more firmly set like the oars in long ships when we see them raised out of the water and held stiffly in rows when the ships are not under way.



Book One -- The things that sustain and support the entire body, and what braces and attaches them all. [the bones and the ligaments that interconnect them] | Chapter 2 The Nature, Use, and Varieties of Cartilage