What is the difference between a ligament, tendon, and cartilage?
- 1 decade agoBest Answer
LIGAMENTS: They are the tissues connecting 1 BONE with another BONE.
TENDON:They are the the tissues which runs parallel with bones and direcly attached with it.
CARTILAGE:They are the semi solid BONES which is present at the places where they reqires.EG. our external ears,nose,between 2 joints cartilages are present.
- Rajiv GLv 41 decade ago
All of them are connective tissue.
A ligament is a short band of tough fibrous connective tissue composed mainly of long, stringy collagen fibres. Ligaments connect bones to other bones to form a joint. Some ligaments limit the mobility of articulations, or prevent certain movements altogether.
Ligaments are slightly elastic; when under tension, they gradually lengthen. This is one reason why dislocated joints must be set as quickly as possible: if the ligaments lengthen too much, then the joint will be weakened, becoming prone to future dislocations. Athletes, gymnasts and martial artists perform stretching exercises to lengthen their ligaments, making their joints more supple. The term double-jointed refers to people who have more elastic ligaments, allowing their joints to stretch and contort further.
The study of ligaments is known as desmology.
A tendon (or sinew) is a tough band of fibrous connective tissue that connects muscle to bone. They are similar to ligaments except that ligaments join one bone to another. Tendons are designed to withstand tension. Typically tendons connect muscles to bones; together a combination of tendons and muscles can only exert a pulling force.
The origin of a tendon is where it joins to a muscle. Collagen fibers from within the muscle organ are continuous with those of the tendon. A tendon inserts into bone at an enthesis where the collagen fibres are mineralised and integrated into bone tissue.
Cartilage is a type of dense connective tissue. It is composed of cells called chondrocytes which are dispersed in a firm gel-like ground substance, called the matrix. Cartilage is avascular (contains no blood vessels) and nutrients are diffused through the matrix. Cartilage is found in the joints, the rib cage, the ear, the nose, in the throat and between intervertebral disks. There are three main types of cartilage: hyaline, elastic and fibrocartilage. The main purpose of cartilage is to provide a framework upon which bone deposition could begin. Another important purpose of cartilage is to provide smooth surfaces for the movement of articulating bones.
Much like other connective tissue, cartilage is composed of cells, fibers and a matrixSource(s): wikipedia
- 4 years ago
LIGAMENTS are tissue that connects one bone with another bone
TENDONS are tissues that runs parallel with bones attach with it
CARTILAGE are the semi solid bones which is present at places where they needed E.G
- tonyma90Lv 41 decade ago
i believe that tendons are the muscles to bone
ligaments are bone to bone
and cartilage is soft elastic bone to reduce friction between bones, if you run out of cartilage, you get arthritis
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- JuliaLv 44 years ago
ligaments connect bones to bones tendons connect muscles to bones. they both take a long time to fully heal if torn.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
ligaments have bones in them and tendons have muscle in them and cartilage is a typr of bone but its not a bone its more like a plastic, but so not plasticSource(s): i tore a tendon and broke a ligament before
- 1 decade ago
yes, idrees h's answer is close to reality. however, the tendons attach bones to muscles. all these tissues are involved in the movement of the being.
- Mr Hex VisionLv 71 decade ago
Cartilage is like a shock asborber for the bones it is found at the joints.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
ligaments are tissues that join muscles to bones..... tendons are tissues that join bones to bones..... cartilages are small bones that are situated at joints.