Date: Around 1993
What is the purpose of cartilage in the human body?
First, cartilage is produced in the human fetus where bones will
later form. And then, as the fetus grows, bone replaces cartilage in a
process called ossification ("the making of bone"). The cartilage that
remains in the mature human allows for flexible connections usually at the
ends or edges of bones, such as where ribs meet the breastbone.
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