Describe a function of hyaline cartilage?
The function of the hyaline cartilage is to support the moveable joints between the bones.
The function of hyaline cartilage is to provide flexible support. It has great tensile strength (due to the collagen) and is highly resistant to pressure (due to the ground substance). Hyaline cartilage provides a framework for the developing embryo prior to the appearance of bone. Later, it supplies the mechanism by which bones grow in length.
The three groups of cartilage: hyaline cartilage, fibrocartilage and elastic cartilage serve a supportive function to maintain an optimal anatomical position for an organ or to shield it from trauma. E.g. the c-shaped cartilage anterior to the trachea protects it from trauma, and the ear itself (which is mostly cartilage) keeps the ear in the optimal sound-recieving shape.
Elastic cartilage is found predominately in the external ear and as well as around the epiglottis. Elastic cartilage is similar to hyaline cartilage, but its matrix contains many elastic fibers along with the delicate collagen fibrils. This cartilage is more elastic than hyaline cartilage and better able to tolerate repeated bending. The epiglottis, which bends down to cover the glottis (opening) of the larynx each time we swallow, is made of elastic cartilage, as is…