Anatomy & Physiology Musculoskeletal #11

Question

Which student statement indicates a correct understanding of the primary purpose of cartilage?

Answers

  1. “Cartilage connects bones to muscles.”
    • Rationale:

      Tendons, not cartilage, connect bones to muscles; therefore, this student statement does not indicate a correct understanding of the primary purpose of cartilage.

  2. “Cartilage connects bones with other bones.”
    • Rationale:

      Ligaments, not cartilage, connect bones with other bones; therefore, this student statement does not indicate a correct understanding of the primary purpose of cartilage.

  3. “Cartilage provides protection to the ends of bones.”
    • Rationale:

      This student statement reflects a correct understanding of a primary purpose of cartilage which is to protect the ends of bones during bodily movement.

  4. “Cartilage provides a connection of muscles to other muscles.”
    • Rationale:

      Fascia, not cartilage, connects muscles to other muscles; therefore, this student statement does not indicate a correct understanding of the primary purpose of cartilage.

Overview

Cartilage is classified as a structure of the skeletal system.

Explanation

Learning Outcomes

Cartilage plays a highly important role in the protection of the ends of the bones. It also provides a smooth surface over which bones can smoothly articulate with other bones during bodily movements. Unlike bones, however, cartilage does not have a blood supply nor does it have nerves.

Test Taking Tip

Ask yourself if each statement is true or false. The true statement is the correct answer to this question.

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