Spongy bone, light micrograph

Spongy bone, light micrograph

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Caption: Spongy bone. Light micrograph of a section through stained and decalcified human spongy bone. This bone type is also called cancellous bone. The bone matrix is composed of collagen fibres with lacunae containing osteocytes, which maintain the bone structure. Spongy bone has trabeculae which act as a series of girders, which transfer the forces received at the end of the bone, to the stronger outer walls of compact bone. The cavities in the spongy bone and central bone marrow are the site of blood cell formation and full of blood vessels. Magnification: x36 when printed at 10 centimetres across.

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