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Thigh bone head

Thigh bone head

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ASTRID & HANNS-FRIEDER MICHLER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY ASTRID & HANNS-FRIEDER MICHLER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Thigh bone. Normal human cancellous (spongy) bone from the femur (thigh bone). Bone tissue can be either compact or cancellous; both forms are usually present in any particular bone of the body. Cancellous bone, usually found in the interior of bone (as here), is characterised by tissue arranged as an open honeycomb. This honeycomb consists of a network of trabeculae (bars) and spicules separated by large spaces. The spaces within cancellous bone contain bone marrow, a blood forming substance. Spongy bone also has a supportive and strengthening role.

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