It’s a type of connective tissue found on the ends of bones, which protects and cushions them, and absorbs the forcses transmitted throughout the body;a living tissue without a direct blood supply.
Mesenchymal in origin
Consists of cartilage cells called chondrocytes and a ground substance
Rigid and firm, but not hard
Matrix is noncalcified and avascular
Can grow both interstitially and appositionally
Is covered by perichondrium but can exist without one.
Uniquely Pressure tolerant.