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1. Of, relating to, or consisting of cartilage.
2. Having a skeleton consisting mainly of cartilage.
3. Having the texture of cartilage; firm and tough, yet flexible.


(ˌkɑr tlˈædʒ ə nəs)

pertaining to, composed of, or resembling cartilage.
[1375–1425; < Latin cartilāginōsus]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.cartilaginous - of or relating to cartilage
2.cartilaginous - difficult to chew
tough - resistant to cutting or chewing


[ˌkɑːtɪˈlædʒɪnəs] ADJcartilaginoso
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A wide excision should be performed when a presumptive diagnosis of a cartilaginous tumor of the facial skeleton is made because these tumors behave aggressively in the facial skeleton.
PET cannot differentiate benign cartilaginous tumor from grade 1/low-grade chondrosarcoma; however, PET is highly sensitive in detecting high-grade chondrosarcoma metastasis.
A bite sign has also been described with chondromyxoid fibroma, a rare benign cartilaginous tumor of the bone.
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Weber AL, Brown EW, Hug EB, Liebsch Cartilaginous tumors and chordomas of the cranial base.
The diagnosis of laryngeal chondrosarcoma is based on the criteria devised by Lichtenstein and Joffe for malignant cartilaginous tumors of bone origin, which were published in their landmark article of 1943.