Cartilage: Trachea

micrograph of cartilage

Can you identify this cartilage from the trachea?

Is it hyaline, fibrocartilage, or elastic cartilage? How can you decide?

Test your Knowledge and try and answer these questions.

questionWhat do you think the function of the cartilage in this location is?

questionSome lacunae contain more than one chondrocyte - why is this?

questionFrequently, the chondrocytes do not fully occupy their lacunae - why is this?

questionHow are chondrocytes nourished?

questionWhere else is this type of cartilage found?

(The answers are in the text on the pages on cartilage).