Cartilage is a tremendously strong and flexible fibrous tissue, and it takes many forms and serves multiple purposes throughout the body. It is a firm tissue but is softer and much more flexible than bone.Cartilage is made up of specialized cells called chondrocytes. Due to the lack of blood vessels, cartilage grows and repairs more slowly than other tissues.
There are three types of cartilage:
- Elastic cartilage : Elastic cartilage is found in the ear and epiglottis
- Fibrocartilage: Fibro cartilage is found in special pads known as menisci and in the disks between your spinal bones
- Hyaline cartilage: This cartilage type is found in the larynx, nose, ribs, and trachea.