Ronald A. Bergman, Ph.D., Adel K. Afifi, M.D., Paul M. Heidger,
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Dog, Zenker's* fluid, H. & E., 162 x.
Cartilage cells: These cells are large and pleomorphic and are housed in lacunae of the matrix. One or more cells may be found in one lacuna.
Capsules: Condensed matrix surrounding cartilage cells. These capsules stain intensely and represent the most recent deposition of matrix.
Matrix: The matrix contains collagenous and elastic fibers embedded in a highly acidic ground substance consisting of chondroitin sulfate and protein.
Elastic fibers: Oriented in all directions within the matrix, elastic fibers give flexibility to the cartilage.
*Zenker, 1825-1898, was a German pathologist.
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