"Cartilage is type of dense connective tissue. Cartilage is composed of cells called chondrocytes which are dispersed in a firm gel-like ground substance, called the matrix. Cartilage contains no blood vessels and nutrients are diffused through the matrix. Cartilage is found in the joints, the rib cage, the ear, the nose, in the throat and between intervertebral disks. There are three main types of cartilage: hyaline, elastic & fibrocartilage."
Fibrocartilage is a bit tougher and not as springy as other types. it binds vertebral bodies, the pubic symphysis--i missed that on my last practical , the manubrium to the sternum, and the mandibular joint, among other things. Histologically, it looks more like dense CT than cartilage.
if you have to identify fibrocartilage on a slide, look for a lightly staining (i guess in H&E) 'herring-bone' pattern, where as elastic and hyaline cartilage have more obvious chondrocytes chillin' in their lacunae