Anatomy & Physiology Question #27


A patient has a problem with joint flexion that causes pain when bending the left knee. Which type of cartilage should the nurse identify that resists compression and absorbs shock?


  1. Hyaline
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  2. Elastic
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  3. Fibrous
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  4. Articular
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The correct answer is D. The type of cartilage best for resisting compress and shock is articular cartilage. This type allows bones to glide over each other as a joint flexes and straightens and acts as a shock absorption. The other choices do not resist compression and absorb shock.

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