Cartilage

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  • Cartilage
    • A firm and flexible connective tissue
      • Cellular component composed of chondrocytes
      • Acellular component composed of collagen, proteoglycans, and water
    • Lacks nerves
    • Lacks blood vessels
    • Types and Functions of Cartilage
      • Hyaline
        • Cushions and reduces friction at joints
        • Allows bone growth at growth plate
      • Fibrous
        • Restricts movement
        • Resists compression and tensile forces (absorbs shock)
      • Elastic 
        • Returns to its original shape after being distorted