One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The connective tissue that envelops cartilage where it is not at a joint.
- ‘A septal hematoma is a blood-filled cavity between the cartilage and the supporting perichondrium.’
- ‘There was no apparent relationship with the cricoid perichondrium.’
- ‘Using the chisel elevator, the surgeon elevates the inner perichondrium from the underlying cartilage in all directions.’
- ‘Because cartilage derives its nutrition by diffusion from the perichondrium, necrosis and consequent structural deformity occurs.’
- ‘Fibrocartilage has no identifiable perichondrium and differs in this regard from hyaline and elastic cartilage.’
Mid 18th century: modern Latin, from peri- ‘around’ + Greek khondros ‘cartilage’.
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