Cartilage acts as a cushion between joints, to preventthe bones from rubbing against each other, such as thecartilage in the knees and elbows. It also holds somebones together, such as rib cartilage. Cartilage alsoforms bone when you are growing -the ends of yourlong bones (arm and leg bones) are formed of cartilage when you are young, and this gradually changes intobone and grows longer. Cartilage is also the only body tissue that never stops growing! Look at some very oldpeople and you will see that the end of their nose andtheir earlobes are bigger than yours -this is becausethose areas are made of cartilage and keep growing allof your life.