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osteocyte

Line breaks: osteo|cyte
Pronunciation: /ˈɒstɪə(ʊ)sʌɪt
 
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Definition of osteocyte in English:

noun

Physiology
A bone cell, formed when an osteoblast becomes embedded in the material it has secreted.
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

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • Differentiated osteocytic cells derived from the interior of calvarial bone chips were compared to osteoblastic cells from the surface.

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