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meniscus is a piece of cartilage found where two bones meet (joint space).
Menisci (plural of meniscus) protect and cushion the joint surface and bone
ends. In the knee, the crescent-shaped menisci are positioned between the ends
of the upper (femur) and lower (tibia) leg bones. The menisci protect the joint
surface and absorb the shock produced by activities such as walking, running,
ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerPatrick J. McMahon, MD - Orthopedic Surgery
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Patrick J. McMahon, MD - Orthopedic Surgery
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