Definition of osteocyte in English:

osteocyte

Line breaks: osteo|cyte
Pronunciation: /ˈɒstɪə(ʊ)sʌɪt
 
/

noun

Physiology
A bone cell, formed when an osteoblast becomes embedded in the material it has secreted.
More example sentences
  • Strain detection in the skeleton is thought to be effected by bone-lining cells and osteocytes embedded within the bone matrix.
  • These cells, the osteocytes, have long extensions which pass down an interlocking network of canaliculi in the bone.
  • Building new bone is in part a problem of balance: regulating osteocytes, that add bone, and osteoclasts, that break it down.

Derivatives

osteocytic

adjective
More example sentences
  • Differentiated osteocytic cells derived from the interior of calvarial bone chips were compared to osteoblastic cells from the surface.

Definition of osteocyte in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day anastrophe
Pronunciation: əˈnastrəfi
noun
the inversion of the usual order of words...