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These fibers give elastic cartilage great flexibility so that it is able to withstand repeated bending.

Brightfield Digital Image Gallery Epiglottis Elastic Cartilage


Support - Elastic cartilage also strengthens and supports these structures.
This is where the name relapsing came from.
Elastic Cartilage Structure
Elastic cartilage is histologically similar to hyaline cartilage but contains many yellow elastic fibers lying in a solid matrix.

What is Hyaline Cartilage? (with pictures) - wiseGEEK

About Elastic CartilageElastic cartilage has the firmness and resiliency of hyaline cartilage as well as flexibility and elasticity.
In the adult human, elastic cartilage is found
in the pinna of the ear, the external auditory canal, Eustachian tubes,
epiglottis and cuneiform cartilage of the larynx.
Elastic Cartilage
Diseases, Disorders, and Injuries
Relapsing polychondritis is an uncommon, chronic disorder of the cartilage that is characterized by recurrent episodes of inflammation of the cartilage of various tissues of the body.


Articular Cartilage - Basic Science - Orthobullets

Elastin fibers stain dark purple/black with Verhoeff stain.
Elastic Cartilage Function
Maintain shape - In the ear, for example, elastic cartilage helps to maintain the shape and flexibility of the organ.

Three types of cartilage can be distinguished based on their composition of fibers and ground substance: hyaline cartilage, elastic cartilage and fibrocartilage.