Each type of cartilage is in a different area of the human body and provides a unique but similar purpose. Elastic or yellow cartilage contains many yellow elastic fibers within the matrix. The chondrocytes exist between the threadlike network of the fibers. Because of these fibers, elastic cartilage has a high degree of flexibility. This allows the cartilage to resist bending while still providing support and shape. Elastic cartilage forms parts of the body such as the outer area of the ear and the epiglottis in the throat.
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