A chondrocyte is a cartilage cell.

inset showing articular cartilage of knee

The cartilage is the white covering of the ends of the long bones. Here the inset magnifies a tiny part of the cartilage covering the rounded end of the femur.

chondrocytes

 

The cartilage cells lie within lacunae - holes in the matrix - and control the production of the matrix.

 

Chondrocytes are supported in a matrix

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).

Synonyms: 
Cartilage cell
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Dr Sheila Strover (Editor)
BSc (Hons), MB BCh, MBA

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