Of the gristle, chap. 59.
A Gristle is the tendernesse of the bones, and is called Cartilago in La∣tine, because it maketh no greate griefe though it be folde and bended, as sayth Isidore: as it fareth in the Nose and in the eares, and in the ends of the ribs: For the gristle is harder then the flesh, and softer then the bones And kind hath made such places of such disposition, be∣cause they should not breake when they should bée folded or bend, as sayth Con∣stantine. libro. 2.cap. 9. The Gristle doth cloath and arme the endes of the boanes, that they bée not grieued with fretting togethers, and that the boanes should be the easilyer ioyned to ye flesh. Aristotle liber. 14. sayth, That the gri∣stle cut groweth not againe. For the making thereof is like to the making of the bones. Also the gristle hath no féeling of it self, but only the sinew ioyned ther∣to, is cause of feeling & of moouing, when it feeleth or moueth, as saith Constan∣tine. In the middle of ye heart of a beast is a gristle bone set in the bredth therof, and that is called the seate of the heart, as saith Constantine. li. 3.cap. 20.