14. anatomy and physiology chapter 6 homework
What grows by interstitial growth?
When chondrocytes in lacunae divide and make new matrix, cartilage tissue grows from the inside out. We call this “growth between spaces.” Interstitial growth is what happens when chondrocytes divide and make new matrix. By doing this, the cartilage grows from the inside out. This causes the cartilage to grow longer. Interstitial growth is a way that bones grow and get longer. The spaces are where this growth takes place. This is because the cells in the proliferative zone divide, while the cells in the maturation zone get bigger. During interstitial growth, cartilage grows longer and bone tissue grows in its place.