A chondrocyte is a cartilage cell.


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).

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

An overview of current stem cell practice relating to the knee and a hint of the future.



A pathway to bone: signaling molecules and transcription factors involved in chondrocyte development and maturation. Kozhemyakina E, Lassar AB and Zelzer E. Development. 2015 Mar 1; 142(5): 817–831.

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