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Plate 3.42: Elastic Cartilage


Ronald A. Bergman, Ph.D., Adel K. Afifi, M.D., Paul M. Heidger, Jr., Ph.D.
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Plate 3.42: Elastic Cartilage

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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