Learning Modules - Medical Gross Anatomy
Introduction to Joints - Page 8 of 22


Cartilaginous Joints

The next broad classification of joints we will discuss are cartilaginous joints. Cartilaginous joints are joined by either hyaline cartilage or fibrocartilage. The cartilage of cartilaginous joints is avascular and anervous except at the margins. Hyaline cartilage is slippery and strong when compressed, but has little tensile strength (strength against being stretched). Fibrocartilage, on the other hand, is tough and strong both when compressed and when stretched (high tensile strength). There are two distinct types of cartilaginous joints:

  1. Synchondroses
  2. Symphyses

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