A chondrocyte is a cartilage cell.
Cartilage is an unusual tissue. It consists primarily of a 'matrix' in which the cartilage cells or chondrocytes sit separated from one another in little holes (lacunae). Probably because of the anatomy, cartilage damage heals poorly - but things are changing because scientists have learned how to grow and multiply chondrocytes in tissue culture, allowing them to be transplanted back into the body to restore damaged joint surface (autologous chondrocyte implantation - ACI).
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