Coloured SEM of human spongy bone

Coloured SEM of human spongy bone

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Caption: Spongy bone. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of human spongy (cancellous) bone. This type of bone tissue is found deep inside bones, below a dense shell of hard "compact" bone. It consists of a network of hard trabeculae (bars) separated by interconnected spaces, giving a mesh-like structure. In some bones these spaces are filled with bone marrow, a living tissue which manufactures blood cells. Although it appears fragile, spongy bone has an important supportive and strengthening role. Magnification unknown.

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Keywords: anatomy, bone, bones, cancellous bone, cancellous tissue, human body, images, magnified image, microscopic photos, spongy (cancellous), spongy bone, subjects, trabeculae

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