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Meckel's Cartilage

Head histology showing detailed view of Meckel's cartilage from the first pharyngeal arch. Inset shows detail of both cartilage and bone development.

  • Meckel's cartilage - is not being replaced by bone, as in endochondral ossification, but it will later degenerate after the bony mandible forms.
  • Mandible bone - intramembranous ossification occurring beside the original cartilage model.

Links: Head Development | cartoon - arch cartilages | Pharyngeal arches


Image Source: UNSW Embryology, no reproduction without permission.

Cite this page: Hill, M.A. (2024, May 29) Embryology Meckel.jpg. Retrieved from

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current11:15, 31 August 2009Thumbnail for version as of 11:15, 31 August 2009800 × 667 (181 KB)S8600021 (talk | contribs)Meckel's cartilage of the first pharyngeal arch.