False-colour SEM of Haversian system in bone

False-colour SEM of Haversian system in bone

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Credit: PROF. P. MOTTA/DEPT. OF ANATOMY/UNIVERSITY "LA SAPIENZA", ROME/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Compact bone: false-colour scanning electron micrograph of one Haversian system in compact bone. All organic components have been removed from this ground & polished section. Bundles of Haversian systems form the core of compact bone. In each, sheets of calcified bone appear as concentric rings around a central canal, which formerly housed blood vessels & nerves. The smaller elliptical pits (called lacunae) are the locations of the osteocytes, the bone- forming cells. Throughout growth & adult life, compact bone is constantly being reabsorbed and refashioned. Magnification: x300 at 6x7cm size.

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Keywords: anatomy, bone, bones, circle circles, compact, compact bone, false-coloured, haversian system, human body, images, lacuna, location in bone, magnified image, microscopic photos, osteocyte, round shape, rounded circular, sem, subjects

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