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

Varieties of cartilage

Various additional uses of cartilage explain also their types, so it is unnecessary to explain types or shapes at length, particularly since individual cartilages, like the bones, will come up for separate description. But perhaps one would like it added here that in bodies of a lesser age


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the cartilages are soft; they subsequently harden with age, so that they resemble breakable and friable bone. 15 This happens particularly to the cartilages of the larynx and those which the upper ribs put out. 16 Over time, particularly in animals, these become bony, wrapped only on the outside by cartilage as if by a membrane [perichondrium] which easily separates and is peeled back from the bony substance of the cartilage through boiling.



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